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We can all agree that 2020 was not a year any of us could have ever expected. Healthcare workers around the world learned how to manage a once-in-a-century global pandemic while continuing to provide the best care to their patients. Because of the extraordinary work nurses have been a part of over the past year, the World Health Organization decided to extend the Year of the Nurse into 2021!

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NANN is thrilled to have another year to further highlight the outstanding contributions of nurses from all over the world and the amazing strength and fortitude they have demonstrated throughout the past year. NANN will be planning various activities to help the neonatal nursing community celebrate their coworkers, the profession, and, most importantly, themselves. Visit to find more details on how to get involved with our 2021 Year of the Nurse celebration. Happy Year of the Nurse 2021-let us give it another shot!



We may be living in a time where in-person interactions are scarce, but that does not mean we cannot stay connected with one another! NANN is delighted to have the opportunity to bring the neonatal nursing community together through our virtual NANN Connection events. Throughout 2021, NANN will be hosting different events to help you focus on self-care while connecting, networking, and growing with your fellow nurses. These events are free to all neonatal nurses and advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), including those who are nonmembers. To find details on upcoming events and to watch previous session recordings, visit



NANN's recent publication, Thermoregulation in the Care of Infants Guideline for Practice, assists obstetrical, postpartum, and neonatal nurses, as well as other healthcare providers, in delivering appropriate thermal support/regulation in a variety of settings. Using the most current evidence-based research, the practice guideline provides direction for implementing best practices in the thermal management of the preterm, term, and postterm infant. Included is a section that reviews skin physiology, with a visual description of skin development in the neonate from 0 to 40 weeks' gestation that supports the rationale for practice. Learn more about this resource and purchase your copy today at



As we continue to manage the COVID-19 pandemic and provide safe experiences and events for our members and attendees, NANN will host our annual conference virtually in 2021. While we cannot wait until we meet again in person, we look forward to connecting with the neonatal nursing community from the safety of our homes or units.


NANN's 2021 Annual Conference, taking place September 13-15, will offer the very latest clinical education and new networking opportunities for neonatal nurses and APRNs. Similar to last year's conference, registrants will be able to view sessions live or on-demand. This year will cover hot topics such as:


* Racial disparities


* NICU mythbusters


* Marijuana and breastfeeding


* Transplant


* Acute kidney injury


* Pharmacogenetics


* And so much more!



Visit to stay up to date on the latest conference details and register in early summer!



Opening General Session


What's New in Neonatology and Where Are We Headed?


Michael Narvey, MD, FRCPC, FAAP


Dr Narvey is a neonatologist and social media provider of medical information in the field of neonatology. He will walk NANN attendees through current and exciting practices in the field and then look into the future to see what is on the horizon. Prepare yourself for some controversial topics such as the artificial placenta, simulated amniotic fluid incubators, and stem cell therapy for bronchopulmonary dysplasia. Dr Narvey will provide clarity on these topics and others as he examines the evidence out there so far.

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Closing General Session


In Case of Emergency: A Filmmaker Witnesses Our World


Carolyn Jones, BS, DFA(h)


Carolyn Jones-author and filmmaker behind The American Nurse Project and Defining Hope-spent more than 10 years documenting the work of nurses across the country, a journey that led her to conclude that "without them, we don't stand a chance." That was before the global coronavirus pandemic that has thrust our nation's nurses even further onto the frontlines of healthcare, addressing our physical and emotional needs before sending us back out into the world. When COVID-19 hit, she had an opportunity to see what emergency nurses were dealing with on the front lines of the pandemic. In this session, Jones will share excerpts and stories from her book The American Nurse, and her 3 documentary films, including the recently released In Case of Emergency, shedding light on some of the biggest healthcare challenges facing Americans today-from the opioid crisis to gun violence to behavioral health and lack of insurance-and the ways in which nurses are able to tackle them head-on.

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Established in 2007 and governed by an elected body, the National Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners (NANNP) is the unified voice of neonatal nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists. At 1400 members strong and growing, NANNP strives to address the unique workforce and professional practice issues of neonatal advanced practice nurses through its commitment to leadership, expertise, and community.

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Learn more and join NANNP today at