UPDATED: Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: Managing bedside challenges

UPDATED: Online registration is now available! Register here for the conference.

The Center for Nursing Innovation, Shands at the University of Florida is sponsoring a conference on Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome in March. The issue has been identified as a significant one impacting births in Florida.

It will be held Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at the UF Health Professions, Nursing and Pharmacy Building, 101 Newell Drive, Gainesville. The conference will be held again on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at the UF Cancer and Genetics Research Building, 1376 Mowry Road, Gainesville.

The cost is $50 for Shands, UF and Sante Fe employees and students. It is $125 for all others.

The conference will include the following

  • Mastering Finnegan Scoring, Beth Talaga, MSN, ARNP, RNC-NIC, CNS-BC. This session includes an extensive review of scoring parameters and procedures. You will score video exams and receive a certificate documenting your own inter-rater reliability.
  • The Science of Comfort, Connie Remmer, MSN, ARNP, CPNP, RNC-NIC & Elayne McNamara, DROT-R-L, CLC. Adequately comforting infants with NAS is time consuming, frustrating, and often hit or miss. However, there is a science to comfort. You will learn how to strategically choose interventions that provide comfort based on neurological and nursing sciences.
  • The Medical Care of Infants with NAS, Sandra Sullivan, MD. This session will focus on the evidence used in providing medical care for NAS infants.
  •  NAS: Infant and Family Characteristics During Post Birth Hospitalization, Belinda Lauderdale, BSN, RNC-NIC, CLC & Jean Clark, ASN, RNC-NIC. These presenters will discuss the results of their study of infant and family characteristics, including drug exposures, treatment effects, family involvement and discharge disposition.
  • Stemming the Tide, TBA. Where are all these babies coming from? What is happening in our community and state to address the incidence NAS?
  • Families with Addictions: Strategies for Building Effective Relationships, Marcus Dietrich, MS. The very nature of NAS includes working with families where there are addictions. You will learn effective communication and interpersonal strategies that help with establishing and maintaining relationships with NAS families.
  • Building Resiliency for Caregiving, Marcus Dietrich, MS. Caring for infants with NAS and their families can be difficult and emotionally draining. You will learn how to build your resiliency skills to carry you through.

Registration is available after January 1 by credit card or payroll deduction. Contact Ginger Pesata at 352-265-0111, ext 29528 for more information.

The conference is approved for 7.25 continuing nursing education contact hours. Shands Healthcare is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Georgia Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s COA. Approved provider status does not imply endorsement by the provider, ANCC,GNA of any products displayed in conjunction with this activity.