The International Neonatal Consortium (INC) is a global collaboration formed to forge a predictable regulatory path for evaluating the safety and effectiveness of therapies for neonates. Wakako Eklund, NNP, NANN member, and INC liaison, joins Jill Beck to discuss how nurses can promote safe NICU research.

INC Communications Toolkit for Nurses

The culture of research communication in neonatal intensive care units: key stakeholder perspectives 


April 27, 2022

Empowering NICU Parents

Research shows that parents whose babies are hospitalized in the NICU experience trauma, stress, and the loss of their role as primary caregiver due to their time in the NICU. NICU nurses play a crucial role in providing family-centered care to support and empower NICU parents.

Nicole Nyberg is a neonatal nurse practitioner and the founder of Empowering NICU Parents, an organization that provides educational resources for parents with babies in the NICU. With her unique perspective as an NNP who also had a child in the NICU, she shares simple, yet impactful ways to engage and empower parents during their baby's NICU stay.

Empowering NICU Parents

Empowering NICU Parents Podcast

March 17, 2022

Safe Staffing in the NICU

Understaffing puts patients at increased risk of missed or rationed care, medical incidents, disparities of care, and morbidity and mortality. In September 2021, NANN released the RN Staffing in the NICU position statement with staffing recommendations based on the acuity of the population served. Dr. Lori Armstrong and Karen Kopischke, the authors of the position statement, join Jill Beck on NANNcast to breakdown the position statement and share how nurses can advocate for safe staffing in their units. 


Read NANN's RN Staffing in the NICU position statement here.

NANNcast host Jill Beck and neonatal nurse and health equity leader Shelly Frisco discuss the detail behind the health disparity data, the impact of these inequities on mother and baby outcomes, and steps all neonatal nurses can take to advocate for and create change.

Access the literature cited in this episode here. 

Welcome to the first installment of NANNcast's new APRN series! The NANNcast APRN series covers trending topics in advanced practice neonatal nursing. On the first episode of the series, Bobby Bellflower, DNSc NNP-BC FAANP, and Michele Savin, DNP APRN NNP-BC, join Jill to discuss the national NNP shortage. Bobby and Michele discuss the NNP shortage and its impact on other roles in the NICU, share why they love advanced practice neonatal nursing, and provide resources for emerging neonatal nurse practitioners. 


The National Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners

Tiffany Moore returns to NANNcast for another research series episode! Tiffany, Jill Beck, Dr. Jenene Craig, and Dr. Sue Hall come together on this episode to explore how interdisciplinary research teams function in the NICU. They share their approach to gathering a multidisciplinary team, setting goals for each discipline, and working together to achieve the desired outcomes and provide the best care. 

Nearly all newborns run the risk of respiratory difficulties at birth. Premature babies often experience breathing problems due to underdeveloped lungs. Collaboration with respiratory therapists in the NICU is key for mitigating respiratory challenges. Respiratory therapists support many NICU operations, such as resuscitating in the delivery room or training nurses on proper ET tube placement. Hear NANNcast host Jill Beck and respiratory therapist Kim Ghebleh discuss how neonatal nurses and respiratory therapists can collaborate to improve patient outcomes in the NICU. 

How can NICU nurses provide developmentally appropriate sensory exposures and better understand  how factors such as the environment, medical conditions, and interventions on brain structure affect infants’ long-term outcomes? NANNcast host Jill Beck is joined by Sue Ludwig, neonatal therapist and founder of the National Association of Neonatal Therapists to discuss how NICU nurses and neonatal therapists can collaborate to improve neurodevelopmental outcomes. Keep an eye out for Sue Ludwig's book, Tiny Humans, Big Lessons: How the NICU Taught Me to Live with Energy, Intention, and Purpose, coming March 2022! 

NANNcast host Jill Beck is thrilled to welcome NANN’s Annual Conference Committee Chair, Rebecca Buchholz and Chair-Elect, Kristin Howard to NANNcast! They’ll share all the details about the fabulous lineup of education, late-breaking sessions and networking experiences in store for all attendees and NANN Fans next month at the annual conference, September 13-15, 2021. Get all the must-attend and don’t-miss details right here, straight from the leaders who have planned what’s sure to be NANN’s most informative and exciting event yet!

August 9, 2021

Human Milk

All NICU nurses understand the importance of human milk for vulnerable neonates. How do we support NICU families and mitigate the challenges associated with increasing rates of human milk in the COVID era? To discuss these issues, Jill Beck is joined by Dr. Diane Spatz, a leading nurse scientist in human milk. Dr. Spatz is an internationally recognized lactation professor, researcher, and clinician, and has developed a 10-step model for human milk and breastfeeding, which has been implemented in NICUs worldwide. Tune in to hear the 10-step model, as well as the latest expert guidance on breastfeeding in a pandemic, disparities in access to human milk, and the future of lactation education.

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