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The premier conference for neonatal nurses is going to Las Vegas!! The National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) is holding its 26th Annual Educational Conference, "Embracing the Power of Change: Advancing, Leading, and Learning," September 19-22, 2010, at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Attendees will be able to choose from an abundance of sessions in 5 tracks, as well as preconference workshops on topics such as palliative care.


An in-depth symposium by Robin Bissinger, PhD, RNC, NNP, on the "golden hour" will be a must for conference goers. That critical first hour of a neonate's life must be handled with expert skill and great tenderness. Dr. Bissinger, a well-known neonatal nurse practitioner and recipient of NANN's 2009 Distinguished Service Award, will go deep into the heart of this important topic.


The procedural skills laboratory, new at the 2009 conference, offered a rare hands-on learning experience and was an overwhelming success. Space for this coveted learning opportunity is limited, and the minicourse will fill up fast. Look for more information in the spring.


The opening keynote address is sure to offer attendees much to consider for their NICUs. John Nance, pilot, safety expert, and author of Why Hospitals Should Fly, will take attendees through the latest safety protocols that are sure to improve patient outcomes.


And for the times when you are not in one of the numerous learning sessions at the annual NANN conference, you'll find a tremendous amount to do in the host city. Las Vegas is known for its nonstop fun and entertainment, with something new and exciting to see around every corner. While visiting Las Vegas, you can catch one of the many shows or events on the Strip-shows like Cirque du Soleil's Love, playing at the Mirage, or exhibits like Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, at the Luxor Hotel and Casino. Or, you may want to journey off the Strip and into adventure in a pink jeep. Pink Jeeps Tours offers exhilarating tours of the rugged Nevada surroundings. Explore the Hoover Dam, Red Rock Canyon, Death Valley, or many more from the backseat of a pink jeep.


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