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Special Series: Neonatal Palliative, End of Life, and Hospice Care Across Multiple Settings

Target Publication Dates: Winter/Spring 2020, Advances in Neonatal Care, 2020(1) and 2020(2)

Submission Dates: Immediately through August 1st, 2019

Provision of neonatal palliative, end-of-life, and hospice care is an important practice area for health care providers. Yet despite the support from numerous organizations including NANN, evidence-based palliative, end-of-life, and hospice interventions and programs are not standard practice in all neonatal settings. This special issue is calling for manuscripts about exemplary programs, care delivery challenges, and new evidence-based strategies focused on improving symptom management and quality of life for these infants and their families from prior to birth until hospital discharge or death. All manuscript types are encouraged.

If interested in submitting a manuscript for this special series, please submit the following items for consideration to the guest editor or co-editors by 5/01/2019:

  1. A working manuscript title
  2. Authors
  3. Short synopsis of your planned manuscript (3-4 sentences outlining content)
  4. Planned submission date 

 Submission of this information soon will help us with planning the series.

Please submit your ideas or comments to:

Guest Editor: Dr. Christine Fortney, PhD, RN,  

Or Co-Editors for Advances in Neonatal Care

Jacqueline McGrath  

Debra Brandon  


From the Editors for 2019(3) - ​

In this issue we want to draw your attention to a variety of neonatal clinically focused articles. These articles provide the opportunity for our readers to expand their clinical knowledge base and expertise. In particular, there are articles on the pathology, treatment, and clinical implications of patent ductus arteriosus, a review of the literature about acupuncture treatment for neonatal abstinence syndrome, and probiotic use to prevent necrotizing enterocolitis. In addition, there is an excellent case study report on anemia following fetal-maternal hemorrhage.  Finally, the evidence for the use of human milk for infants with congenital heart disease is reviewed. Each of these articles provide a comprehensive and up-to-date summary of the evidence to support our clinical practice.

In addition, we have two excellent research reports, one on the use of ultrasound for enteral tube verification and strategies for the improvement of neurodevelopmental outcomes. Annually, the third issue in ANC is also the time when we share the abstracts from the NANN Research Summit. These abstracts include both evidence-based implementation and research projects. Please check out these new and innovative works in our online publication. We look forward to the submission of the full manuscripts in the near future for inclusion in the journal.

Multisensory Intervention for Preterm Infants Improves Sucking Organization

An intervention to teach mothers of preterm infants how to interact with their babies more effectively results in better weight gain and growth for the infants. This Advances in Neonatal Care article shows that infants who receive this intervention grow better and also more rapidly develop the muscle control needed for successful feeding.

Click here to read the article!

Current Issue Highlights

Making a difference for neonatal nurses, patients, and families since 1984

The Use of Ultrasonography for Verifying Gastric Tube Placement in Newborns

Dias, Fla'via de Souza Barbosa; Alvares, Beatriz Regina; Jales, Rodrigo Menezes; More

Advances in Neonatal Care. 19(3):219-225, June 2019.

NANN Research Summit held on April 10-12, 2018, in Scottsdale, Arizona