At the 33rd Annual Conference in Providence, Rhode Island, NANN honored more than a dozen nurses for their professional achievements. Congratulations to NANN's 2017 Award Winners:
Lifetime Achievement Award—Jacqueline McGrath, PhD, RN, FAAN, FNAP
Dr McGrath currently serves alongside Dr Debra Brandon as a coeditor for Advances in Neonatal Care (ANC). Their dedicated hard work has paid off as the journal's current impact factor ranks ANC the highest of all neonatal nursing journals.
Dr McGrath attended the graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania and worked as a staff nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) during her early career, where she was a role model for evidence-based developmental care and feeding practices. Since leaving Penn, she has been active as a neonatal nursing scholar, influencing the education and development of countless clinical leaders in the field. Dr McGrath's long list of publications, presentations, and completed research speak to her significant impact on the field.
Now as professor and associate dean for research and scholarship and director of nursing research at the University of Connecticut, Jackie continues to educate and lead the future nurses of our profession. Her numerous editorials, columns, articles, and books inform and better our practice.
NNP Excellence Award—Linda McCarney, MS, APRN, NNP-BC
Linda McCarney fulfills the spirit of leadership and innovation represented by the NNP Excellence Award. In 25 years with the Children's Hospital of Colorado, she has worked diligently to provide expert clinical care to all her patients. Linda has also worked with her colleagues and independently to develop programs that improve and advance the care provided by nurses and advanced practice registered nurses locally and internationally.
Linda was trained at the CAPE Center at Stanford University and went on to create a neonatal resuscitation simulation program that has been utilized at Children's Hospital Colorado for the last 9 years. For the past 6 years, Linda has volunteered her time to serve as NANN's liaison to the AAP/AAHA NRP Steering Committee. She also contributed to revisions in the NRP Textbook and development of the new NRP Instructor Toolkit.
Distinguished Service Award—Debra Brandon, PhD, RN, CCNS, FAAN
Dr Brandon currently serves as the coeditor of NANN's journal, ANC. Along with coeditor Dr Jackie McGrath, Dr Brandon has worked relentlessly to increase manuscript submissions, mentor authors, and improve the overall quality of ANC. This work has paid off in recent years, as the journal's current impact factor of 1.277, makes ANC the highest-ranking neonatal nursing journal. Dr Brandon also was a pioneer in bringing NANN's Developmental Specialist Designation to fruition. She remains an active member of this workgroup, updating examination questions and reviewing applicant portfolios. Dr Brandon serves as the team lead on the fourth edition of the AWHONN/NANN Neonatal Skin Guidelines taskforce. Her leadership on this project will bring NANN recognition and ensure that the skin care needs of the most critically ill infants are addressed.
Dr Brandon is a faculty member at Duke University, serving as an associate professor and director of the PhD in nursing program. She has mentored countless students over the years, pushing them to achieve their personal best while advancing neonatal nursing practice.
Navigator Award—Susan Furdon, MS, RN, CNS, NNP-BC
During her more than 30 years in the NICU, Sue has provided the highest level of care not only to neonates and their families but also to the nurses and providers who serve them. She demonstrated this as a registered nurse (RN) educator in her earliest years in the NICU and then in her capacity as the first clinical nurse specialist (CNS) in her NICU. This work continues in her combined CNS/neonatal nurse practitioner (NNP) role. She mentors novice and veteran RNs, as well as nurse leaders, physicians, nurse practitioner, and physician assistant students, and anyone seeking her advice or assistance.
Leadership Award Winner—Jill Bauer, MA, RNC
Jill Bauer has been a neonatal nurse since the 1980s, caring for infants and their parents. She has molded and trained hundreds of new and experienced nurses in improving neonatal care. Jill serves as both a certified S.T.A.B.L.E and NRP program instructor for her region. When she teaches her classes, she is eager to help her students learn by stretching their understanding and challenging their old habits. Jill's leadership shines brightly when she works with her students to help them understand the complexity of neonatal nursing.
NNP Rising Star Award Winner—Bresney Fanning, MSN, NNP-BC
Since entering nursing school, Bresney had her focus on becoming a neonatal nurse practitioner. Working full time as a staff nurse, she demonstrated critical thinking skills and a hunger for knowledge at the bedside. As she pursued her advanced degree, Bresney used her clinical experience as a staff nurse to enrich her knowledge development as an NNP.
In addition to bedside teaching with nursing staff, Bresney precepts NNP students through their clinical rotations. Pediatric residents and neonatal fellows frequently seek her out for advice and consult. Bresney also serves as the lead NNP in facilitating simulation laboratories and conducting mock codes held in a variety of patient care areas. She has grown in her advanced practice role by speaking at regional neonatal nursing meetings. Bresney also has demonstrated her ongoing desire to teach and improve neonatal care by publishing case studies in ANC, as well as authoring chapters in several books on a variety of topics. Bresney works in a volunteer capacity at the National Certification Corporation by authoring and reviewing educational offerings available for NNPs to maintain their certification.
Research Abstract Award—Jinhee Park, PhD, MS, RN
Dr Park is an assistant professor at the Boston College Connell School of Nursing. She focuses her research on early feeding intervention for high-risk preterm infants and factors associated with their early feeding skill development in the NICU. Dr Park has conducted several funded projects and has a range of peer-reviewed publications in the areas of health and development of infants and young children with feeding problems.
Clinical Abstract Award—Tiffany Moore, PhD, BSN, RN
Dr Moore is a nurse scientist at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She began her nursing career as a NICU nurse in 1999 and became a neonatal transport nurse in 2003. Dr Moore has used more than 10 years of bedside NICU experience to conduct clinical research in the perinatal population. Her current research includes developing a biological-psychological-sociodemographic screening tool to predict women at risk for preterm birth and preterm infants at risk for neurodevelopmental delays.
Small Grant Recipients—Carolyn Herrington, PhD, RN, NNP-BC, Linda Merritt, MSN, RNC-NIC, Ashlee Vance, MA, RN, RNC
Congratulations to all of our award winners! You can nominate or apply for this year's awards by visiting www.nann.org/awards. Nominations are due May 31, 2018.
Advances in Neonatal Care Article of the Year
“Effect of Vibration on Pain Response to Heel Lance: A Pilot Randomized Control Trial” —Kate McGinnis, BSN, RN
NANN Award winners and leaders at NANN's 33rd Annual Conference. (pictured left to right: Katie Malin, Winner of March of Dimes Graduate Nursing Scholarship; Gail Bagwell, Tiffany Moore, Linda Merritt, Jill Bauer, Jackie McGrath, Deb Brandon, Lori Brittingham, Linda McCarney, Tracey Wasserburger, Ashlee Vance, Carolyn Hennington, Susan Furdon, Elizabeth Giambrone, Winner of Pampers “Thank You Nurses” Award.