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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(2) - ​

We begin this issue of Advances in Neonatal Care by thanking all of you who are our reviewers. We appreciate all that each of you do to contribute to the success of Advances in Neonatal Care, the Journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses. We could not have such an exceptionally relevant journal without your support and contributions. We also bring to you a letter to the editor with a response from the authors about feeding tube insertion. We highlight the importance of writing letters to the editor that help our readers better understand the evidence. These letters provide a great example of submissions we would like to receive and share with our readers. In this issue, we continue our focus on Oral Feeding Strategies. Please see the articles related to Feeding Bundles, improving sucking patterns in preterm infants, nonnutritive sucking and the relationship to breastfeeding as well as breastfeeding of infants with cleft-lips and cleft palates among others. As you can see we have a wide-range of articles on feeding strategies to support your feeding interactions in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). With this issue, we have moved to including all submissions of quality improvement projects to our Clinical Issues in Neonatal Care section of the journal. The article in this issue provides an excellent discussion of implementation of a central line bundle. Using standardized care initiatives can have positive effects on outcomes. In our original research section of journal, we have an important study on the nurse’s use of motion seats in the NICU. This is an important area where little research has been completed. More research is definitely needed in this area. Online we have two articles; the first one is presentation of a research study related to feasibility with use of double lumen PICCs and the second one is a critical review examining palliative care for high risk infants and families. Both provide great information that is clinically relevant. Thank you for your support of our journal – please take the time to provide us feedback or ask questions – we want this journal to meet your needs.

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.

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