NOLE is designed as a scalable educational solution to educate individual practitioners as well as a complete NICU staff. Whether you are a PT, SLP, OT, RN RT, CLS, LMT, Psychologists, NNP, or Dr, NOLE will further your knowledge in a vast array of neonatal neuroprotective and family centered care topics.
The Neonatal On-Line Education will improve your understanding of the developing premature infant and the significant impact the environment and a variety of caregiving activities have on the infant and family. For example, brain and sensory development, positioning, parent attachment, and the effect of opioids on the mother-infant dyad are explored in detail.
The topics are presented in pre-recorded webinar format from neonatal experts around the United States and Canada. Most of the presenters have completed the research, provided literature, or lecture nationally on their topic. The course has the most up to date evidence based information and takes approximately 9 hours to complete, requires an 80% on-line test score, and completion of evaluation to obtain contact hours. As a bonus, you’ll be able to complete this course from the comfort of your own home over the next three months!
By the end of NOLE, the participant will be able to:
- Recognize two environment of care recommendations identified in the research literature.
- Name three developmental care practice changes that you can implement based on brain and sensory development, positioning, and protecting sleep.
- List two neonatal care practice changes you can make based on principles of infant-driven caregiving, going green, and supporting parents’ experiences.
- This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved for 9.25 contact hours by the Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (OBN-001-91) Activity Number 2020-0000000329.
- This activity has been approved by the Texas Physical Therapy Association, approval #64491TX for 8.5 CCUs for PTs and PTAs.
- Creative Therapy Consultants is an Approved Provider of Continuing Education through the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) with provider #10629. This activity has been reviewed and approved for 8.5 Contact Hours/8.5 CEUs for occupational therapists.**
*Partial credit for course will not be given.
** The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA
Live a Great Story
This presentation focuses on reflection of attendees own life story and their tremendous impact on the life stories of the infants and families they serve in the NICU. Developmental and mental health outcomes of infants and families from the NICU are reviewed. The intensity of the NICU culture and the presence of compassion fatigue is addressed along with ways to alleviate stress for the caregiver and patient. | 61 minutes
Brain and Sensory Development: Applications for Clinical Practice in the NICU
This presentation will review critical brain and sensory system development in the context of NICU care. It will highlight tangible methods to adapt care practices, modulate the sensory environment, and support brain and sensory system development. Strategies to involve parents and caregivers will be integrated as a vital part of supporting brain development and empowering families during the NICU admission. This advanced level information will enable neonatal clinicians to be intentional in the care they provide with the goal of optimizing the short and long term outcomes for infants and families. | 77 minutes
Neonatal Pain & Stress
Pain is universal. In the NICU baby, pain can be prolonged, repetitive, and exaggerated leading to chronic stress, and long-term neurobehavioral effects. As caregivers, we must shift our focus from reactive to a more proactive approach to pain management. It is not simply enough to medicate for pain. Pain must be managed in a relationship that promotes behavioral organization, stress relief, trust and security. This presentation will identify the long-term effects of unmanaged pain, and discuss interventions and techniques to manage pain in a relationship-based care model.|47 minutes
Positioning & Handling for the Neonate
Positioning of the neonate effects their postural and neuromotor development as well as their current physiologic stability and sleep. In this module you will learn why the neonate is particularly susceptible to changes in their development due to positioning and how to optimize their function now and for the future through infant positioning and handling.| 63 minutes
This presentation facilitates the participant to individualize the care provided to the infant and family in the NICU, based on the individual needs of the infant and family at the time. Likewise, developmental care practices such as skin-to-skin and swaddled bathing are shown through videos to help the participant implement these practices in the NICU. | 59 minutes
Inside the NICU Parent Experience: Meeting Them Where They Are
This presentation will explore the specific psychosocial needs of high-risk mothers and NICU parents to uncover common barriers of communication and provide tools, strategies, and resources to overcome those barriers and improve outcomes. | 63 minutes
Nurturing Care of Mother-Infant Dyads Impacted by Opioid Use
Soothing techniques are non-pharmacologic comfort measures and are considered the first line in the clinical management of infants with NAS. These techniques include swaddling, breastfeeding, and skin-to-skin mother-infant holding (kangaroo mother care). Of these techniques, breastfeeding and kangaroo mother care (KMC) are unique because they offer the potential to benefit both the mother and her infant. Thus, the focus of this learning session will be on the nurturing care of mother-infant dyads who are impacted by NAS. | 39 minutes
Environment of Care Literature Review
Reviews recent literature and provides clinical application regarding massage, neonatal therapy, non-pharmacological strategies to reduce pain, oral feeding, parent education, positioning & handling, skin-to-skin, sound exposure, staff education, and swaddled bathing.| 74 minutes
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KARA ANN WAITZMAN, OTR/L, CNT, NTMTC
Kara Ann has been a neonatal therapist for over 30 years in a large Level IIIB NICU where she serves as the developmental specialist and a occupational therapist. She is president of Creative Therapy Consultants, Founder of the (NTMC), and Co-Founder of Infant-Driven Feeding®. She holds several certifications including NTMTC, NDT, NIDCAP, and CNT. Kara Ann has received professional awards including the Ohio Occupational Therapy Pediatric Model Practice Award, the March of Dimes Healthcare Worker of the Year Award, the MVH Excellence in Service Award and the 2015 Inagural Pioneer in Neonatal Therapy Award from the National Association of Neonatal Therapists.
AUNE HJARTARSON NUNN, OT Reg. (Ont), CNT
Aune is an experienced Occupational Therapist in a large NICU at McMaster Children’s Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. She received her undergraduate Psychology Degree and Occupational Therapy Degree from McMaster University. She is chair of the Developmental Care Committee, and provides comprehensive education for Neonatal Units and clinicians across the Region on neuroprotective care, feeding and swallowing, and complex discharge planning. Aune is an internationally sought after speaker, educator, and consultant. She lectures in the McMaster University Masters OT program on developmentally supportive care and the role of occupational therapy with premature and high risk infants. She has published in the area of clinical and videofluoroscopic assessment of aspiration in high risk infants. Aune is passionate about neuroprotective care and the importance of education to empower families and caregivers, and optimize the long term outcomes for preterm and high risk infants. Aune was awarded the OT Practice Excellence Award for 2013.
ELIZABETH JEANSON, PT, DPT, CNT, NTMTC
Dr. Elizabeth Jeanson currently serves as the Developmental Specialist in Neonatal Intensive Care at Sanford/USD Medical Center. Dr Jeanson was NIDCAP trained, Infant Behavioral Assessment and Neonatal Network Neurobehavioral Scale certified. She is also a certified infant massage instructor, a certified child passenger safety technician (car seat), a Certified Neonatal Touch and Massage Therapist and a Certified Neonatal Therapist. In her current position Dr. Jeanson is responsible for direct and indirect implementation of developmental family centered care in a large level 3 neonatal intensive care unit. Dr. Jeanson has spoken regionally on topics including sensory development of preterm infants, positioning of infants in NICU, non-pharmacologic pain management for preterm infants, supporting the development of post term infants in the NICU, as well as team building and strategic planning for multidisciplinary teams. She published, One to One Bedside Nurse Education as a Means to Improve Positioning Consistency in 2013. Dr Jeanson’s passion is improving the outcomes of premature infants through cautious/thoughtful intervention, family support and staff education.
VIRGINIA MCGILL, PT, DPT, PCS, CLWT, NTMTC
Virginia McGill or Ginny received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Creighton University in 2001. She then practiced in Phoenix, Arizona in home care for developmentally delayed children and adults before transitioning in to the inpatient setting at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. She began neonatal practice in 2003. Neonatal therapy has been her practice focus from since then and has continued in Anchorage, Alaska where she moved in 2008. Ginny is now the Neonatal Therapy Supervisor for The Children’s Hospital at Providence Alaska Medical Center. She has developed competencies for therapy practice and nursing education programs for developmental care quality improvement. She has participated in VON work and the development of practice for micro premie care and kangaroo care. She has a special interest in skin care and is part of the NICU wound care team after receiving certification in wound and lymphedema treatment. Ginny enjoys living in Alaska and all it has to offer with frequent time spent kayaking, hiking, camping and kiteboarding.
KEIRA SORRELLS, BSFCS
Keira Sorrells is the mother of triplets born at 25 weeks, 5 days gestation. Ms. Sorrells spent nine and a half months in the NICU with her girls and experienced every parent’s greatest fear when one of her daughters died at 14 months old. In 2008, these traumas led Ms. Sorrells to launch the Zoe Rose Memorial Foundation, a non-profit that supports NICU families. She soon became aware that the voice of the NICU parent was underrepresented in Maternal and Infant Health community. In response, Ms. Sorrells helped launch and now serves as President of the Preemie Parent Alliance (PPA). PPA a network of over 30 NICU parent support organizations that is dedicated to representing the needs and best interests of NICU families in all facets of healthcare policy, care guidelines, advocacy, education, and family support. Ms. Sorrells strongly believes that no single organization or provider can serve all the needs of all NICU families, only through collaboration can the true voice of the NICU parent be represented appropriately.
LISA CLEVELAND, PHD, RN, CPNP, IBCLC, NTMNC
Dr. Lisa Cleveland is a Board Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant. Her career is centered on advocacy for underserved families. She has a clinical practice at a non-profit, alternative high school and daycare for more than 300 at-risk children. Further, her research is focused on mother-infant dyads affected by neonatal abstinence (withdrawal) syndrome (NAS). U.S. rates of NAS have increased fivefold since 2000. Dr. Cleveland is currently leading her interprofessional team in conducting research to determine the impact of kangaroo mother care (KMC), a method of skin-to-skin, mother-infant holding, on stress reactivity and attachment in these dyads. The findings of this research show that KMC can reduce the severity of NAS symptoms and foster a strong maternal-infant attachment. In addition, Dr. Cleveland is the Principal Investigator for a Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute funded project to develop a Bexar County NAS Collaborative (BCNC). Bexar County, Texas, which includes the San Antonio area, has been disproportionately affected by NAS, accounting for one third of cases reported annually in the state. Therefore, the purpose of the BCNC, is to engage patient/family partners, community stakeholders, clinicians, and researchers in the identification of research priorities specific to NAS.
SHANNON USHER, MSOT, OTR/L, CNT, NTMTC
Shannon received her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree from Washington University School of Medicine. She has been working in the NICU since she started her processional career and currently works in a large Level III NICU in Colorado Springs, CO. She also participates in the Infant Developmental Assessment Clinic in Colorado Springs. Shannon has presented many times on the local and national level both in live and pre-recorded formats. She is a clinical consultant and CE Administrator with Creative Therapy Consultants. Shannon has completed developmental assessments with a Nationwide National Institute of Health research study and she also volunteers with the Junior League of Colorado Springs.
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Registration fee for the Neonatal Online Education is $200.00 for individuals. Significant group discounts are available when used for complete NICU staff. If interested in the group discount, give us a call toll free at 855-CTC-NTMC or send us an email at Karawaitzman@infantdriven.com.
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