MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: AN INTERVIEW WITH AUDREY PREMDAS, BSN, RNC-NIC
Audrey Premdas, BSN, RNC-NIC, has cared for patients in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for 28 of her 33 years as a nurse. For the majority of that time, she has worked as a staff nurse and an assistant nurse manager. “You can't beat the feeling of sending a baby and family home who have been with you for months,” says Audrey. She adds, “NICU nurses are amazing people and the work we do each day is so impactful. The NICU will always be in my heart.”
Recently, however, Audrey's career path has taken her in a slightly different direction. She is currently working as a clinical information technology (IT) liaison, representing the NICU and other clinical units, at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton, California. As a member of the hospital's IT team, Audrey acts as an important link between technology and the end user. Her vast knowledge base, and in particular, her understanding of the unique needs of NICU patients and staff, have brought an invaluable perspective to the IT department. Audrey has been instrumental in the building of order sets and documentation templates for providers—all steps in the process of eventually going live with computerized physician order entry in the future.
Audrey has been a NANN member for more than 20 years and is the current president of the Inland Counties Chapter of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (ICANN). Founded in 1993 and chartered in 1995, ICANN is one of NANN's most senior chapters. With a current membership of 70 people and a robust schedule of meetings, conferences, and community service projects, ICANN has enjoyed much success. During Audrey's term as ICANN's president elect, she began thinking about her upcoming term as president and some of the challenges she would be faced with, including membership recruitment, membership engagement, and identifying and cultivating new leaders. At that time, Audrey reached out to several chapter leaders through the NANN Web site and connected with Delaware Valley Association of Neonatal Nurses President Tommie Farrell. Audrey, Tommie, and ICANN President Vivian Bellini met up in person for an evening of information sharing, an experience Audrey considered to be very valuable. “That is one of the things NANN can do for you,” says Audrey. “NANN provides neonatal nurses with an environment to share information, network, and keep up to date on what is happening in our world.”
Shortly after that meeting, NANN became interested in increasing support of chapters and chapter leaders, and as the NANN Chapter Task Force was formed, Audrey became an obvious choice to be a member of the group. Over the past year, Audrey has joined several additional task force members in providing feedback and in working through several critical issues that impact chapters at the local level. Creating a system to ensure that chapter members are NANN members, rebranding chapter logos to create uniformity, establishing a group of mentors to be available to chapter leaders, and creating a toolkit for chapters and chapter leaders have been important initiatives of the Chapter Task Force, and Audrey's contributions have been much appreciated. “Participating in the NANN Chapter Task Force has been a great opportunity,” says Audrey. “It's great to know that my voice counts and I definitely feel the effect of increased NANN support at the chapter level over the last year. Membership in a professional organization is so important!”
To learn more about ICANN and to access “Resources for Chapter Leaders,” an area with information and links for building chapters, please visit http://www.nann.org/chapters.
NANN ANNUAL EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE: REGISTER BY AUGUST 30 TO SAVE $100
Discover the perfect harmony of education and southern hospitality with NANN at the 2013 Annual Educational Conference October 2-5, 2013, in Nashville, Tennessee. The conference will capture important components of your efforts to offer the best, most innovative care to your tiny patients and their families. You will advance your knowledge and refine your skills as you grow professionally and improve the quality of care you deliver.
* Earn up to 26.5 continuing nursing education contact hours, including up to 6 continuing nursing education hours for reviewing posters and up to 7.5 pharmacology hours.
* Access 4 general sessions with valuable content, including parent-baby bonding in the NICU, advocacy, trauma-informed care, and how to make a difference.
* Receive exceptional educational offerings, including 2 preconference events: “Skills Lab: Lifesaving Neonatal Management Procedures” and “Pharmacology: Back to the Basics.”
* Acquire important information related to ethics, congenital heart disease, quality improvement, and the parental experience during 4 interprofessional sessions.
Attendees who register by August 30 will save $100. Experience innovations in neonatal care and register today at http://www.nannconference.org.
NOW AVAILABLE: NEONATAL NURSING: SCOPE AND STANDARDS OF PRACTICE, SECOND EDITION
NANN and the American Nurses Association have recently published a revised and expanded new edition of Neonatal Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice, which was previously published in 2004. The second edition provides a concise guide to contemporary neonatal nursing practice at all levels and settings.
Scope and Standards expands on the who, what, where, when, why, and how of neonatal nursing practice. The book discusses the 16 neonatal practice standards and offers a specific set of competencies that serve as evidence of minimal compliance with each standard. Scope and Standards provides a comprehensive background for understanding and addressing the standards of neonatal nursing practice that include assumptions, characteristics, environments and settings, education and training requirements, issues and trends, and ethical and conceptual bases.
To purchase Neonatal Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice, visit http://www.nannstore.org.