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301/341 - Management of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: The Story of East Tennessee Children's Hospital NAS Unit 
September 10, 2016   8:00am - 9:00am
Total Credits:
1.00 CH, which includes 0.25 hour(s) of Pharmacology Credit  
  Synced Audio / Video / Slides

Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) Activity: Management of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: The Story of East Tennessee Children’s Hospital NAS Unit
Presenter(s): E. Kyle Cook, MSN, APRN, NNP-BC; Carla Worley Saunders, APRN, NNP-BC
Total Contact Hours: 1.00 CH, 0.25 Rx
Intended Audience: All neonatal and mother baby nurses
Purpose of this CNE activity: The Academy of Neonatal Nursing provides clinically current information on the technical, medical, and nursing aspects of neonatal care as well as the legal and ethical implications related to that care. This CNE activity provides information to nurses and other health care professionals who care for newborn, premature, and ill infants and their families. Specific objectives for this presentation are listed below.

Session Description: In 2010, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital experienced an exponential increase in admissions of infants to the NICU for withdrawal of maternal opiate exposure, neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). Finding an inconsistency in treatment approaches they gathered an interdisciplinary team to develop a standardized treatment protocol. A holistic treatment approach was chosen based on infant’s severity of symptoms rather than weight, and a goal to discharge home without medications. The unit has received local, state, national, and international attention. Shared are the unique challenges, successes, and failures they have experienced treating the NAS population in the NICU setting.
Objectives: Upon completion, learners will be able to:
  • Discuss the prescription drug abuse epidemic as it has impacted neonates with a substantial increase in NAS.
  • Explain the importance of teamwork and collaboration with all stakeholders when dealing with a problem of this magnitude.
  • Describe two major concerns for nursing staff when faced with an overwhelming number of babies diagnosed with NAS and the associated social situations.
Requirements for Completion: The following requirements are necessary for successful completion of this CNE activity.
  • Access to a computer with an Internet connection
  • Attend/view at least 90% of the session
  • Complete and submit the evaluation for this CNE activity
Provider, Academy of Neonatal Nursing, approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP 6261; and Florida Board of Nursing, Provider #FBN 3218, content code 2505.
The Academy of Neonatal Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
Release Date: September 7, 2016
Expiration Date: September 30, 2019
  1. The lead nurse planner, the planning committee, and the author(s) of this activity disclose no relevant financial relationships.
  2. This CNE activity has been reviewed by the Lead Nurse Planner. It has been determined that the material presented here shows no bias.
  3. The content of this CNE activity has been developed by the planning committee and reviewed by the Lead Nurse Planner. The content has been deemed to reflect the current state of practice.
Disclaimer: The Academy of Neonatal Nursing assumes no responsibility or liability for the content presented. Care of the infant should always be individualized and no one source relied upon for information regarding aspects of care. Accredited status does not imply endorsement by ANN, ANA, or the American Nurses Credentialing Center of any commercial products displayed or discussed in conjunction with an educational activity.

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