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Neonatal nurse practitioners hone skills in Greenville

May 2, 2017

Neonatal clinicians from across North and South Carolina recently convened in Greenville to enhance their depth of knowledge about the newest treatment regimens for newborns and their families.

Elizabeth Ward
Elizabeth Ward

The annual Carolina’s Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners  annual conference was organized by Vidant Medical Center with collaboration from the East Carolina University College of Nursing and attended by more than 100 in the field. The event was held April 20-21 at the Greenville Hilton Hotel.

Breakout sessions focused on managing the complex needs of neonatal patients. Presenters at the conference included national experts, neonatal nurse practitioners, physicians, pharmacists and alumni of the East Carolina University NNP program.

The East Carolina University College of Nursing donated the use of its skills lab mannequins for the peripherally inserted central catheter skills lab at the conference. National expert Dr. Liz Sharpe guided participants on basic to advanced PICC insertion, catheter exchange using the Modified Seldinger technique and ultrasound guided insertion.

Shannon Moore
Shannon Moore

“ I continue receiving emails from attendees stating that they appreciated the complexity of the content, that it was applicable to their everyday practice, that they took away new information to share with their respective hospitals,” said Dr. Amy Jnah, the director of the neonatal nurse practitioner concentration at ECU and a board member of the CANNP. “They also gave us suggestions for topics they’re interested in for next year.”

ECU NNP students and alumni presented posters during the event with four students — Courtney McDaniel, Elizabeth Ward, Shannon Moore and Jodi Amador — winning $250 scholarships for their presentations.