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NANN is organizing a delegation to Cuba in March 2017. We have been invited by MSc. Idalmis Infante-Ochoa, the President of the Cuban Society of Nursing, to meet with Cuban healthcare providers and learn about the role of Cuban nurses. The Cuban Society of Nursing was founded in 1976, and its primary focus has been the advancement of nursing practice in its country. Delegates will participate in professional meetings and healthcare site visits to learn about neonatal nursing practices and how nurses address common challenges with limited resources. The topics of discussion for the delegation include


* Role of parents in care of their infant, such as visitation, kangaroo care, rooming in, etc;


* Advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) role in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU);


* Long-term follow-up care and the community resources needed to support it;


* Model of care delivery in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU); and


* Education and preparation for practice in the NICU.


The tentative itinerary includes a discussion on the role of the APRN in the NICU in Cuba with the Cuban Nursing Society, a meeting with a representative of the North American Division of the Cuban Institute for Friendship with the People, a panel presentation and overview of the Cuban Health Care System, a hospital visit to observe nursing best practices and to learn about the role of parents in the NICU care model, a visit to the National School of Public Health, a meeting with professors to discuss nursing education concerns, and visits to a community clinic and the Hogar Materno Infantil maternity clinic. If you have any questions regarding this delegation, please contact the program representative at Professionals Abroad at 877.298.9677 or visit



Did you know that the chapter with the most attendees at the 32nd Annual Educational Conference in Palm Springs will receive a $500 prize? Winning the prize is easy! Just have chapter members mark their chapter down on the conference registration form. The prize will be announced at the business meeting on Friday, October 28.



NANN has worked hard to incorporate your feedback into the 32nd Annual Educational Conference. The Welcome Reception on Wednesday, October 26, has been revamped to include entertainment and exciting exhibits. There will be games, complementary professional headshots, and engagement opportunities. Following the Welcome Reception, there will be a NANN Conference Party. Pack your dancing shoes because there will be a dance floor for you and your closest friends to shake it off! NANN will be live on social media during the reception and party to keep all of our members involved.


The Palm Springs VillageFest will be held on Thursday, October 27, from 6 to 10 PM. Conference attendees can experience a variety of artists and entertainers at this street fest, in addition to vendors selling fresh fruit and vegetables, flowers, jewelry, snacks, and sweets. The VillageFest occurs in downtown Palm Springs, and attendees also will have access to shops, restaurants, clubs, and entertainment venues.

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