Jefferson Makes a Splash at Annual National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) Conference

Jefferson School of Nursing (JSN) had a strong presence at this year’s annual National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) Conference. In addition to a number of Jefferson attendees at the conference, alumni, faculty and preceptors made presentations – the largest representation JSN has had at this event.
Several alumni of the neonatal MSN program made poster presentations, including:
Thalia Cordorio, MSN ’11, NNP-BC – “Hypothermia and Occlusive Skin Wrap in the Low Birth Weight Premature Infant: An Evidentiary Review”
Lisa Jasin, MSN ’06, NNP-BC  – “In Utero Substance Exposure: What's a Neonatal Nurse to Do?”
Ruth Snyder, MSN ’09, NNP-BC – “Evidence Based Development and Implementation of a Clinical Guideline for Enteral Nutrition in the Very Low Birth Weight Infant”
“I was so proud to see our alumni presenting at the National Association of Neonatal Nursing Conference,” says Ksenia Zukowsky, PhD, CRNP, APRN-BC-NNP, associate dean of graduate programs. “Having JSN so well represented was just terrific! Furthermore, being able to present a poster with a valued preceptor was wonderful, and representative of the ultimate preceptor faculty relationship.”
Zukowsky refers to her collaboration with Karen McDonald, DNP, NNP-BC, a preceptor at JSN, on the poster presentation of “So I’ve Finished My Graduate Degree, Now What?” This presentation covered topics from writing a professional curriculum vitae to compiling a professional portfolio.
McDonald has been a preceptor at JSN for over three years, a mentoring role which she finds to be extremely rewarding in training future nurses. “I really enjoy precepting the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner students,” she says. “Most are adult learners, and are very interested in understanding the aspects of not only neonatal pathophysiology, but also the professional role of the Advanced Practice Nurse. I chose to work with Ksenia on this poster because teaching her graduate students regarding professionalism is one of her passions.”
Ann Phalen, PhD, APRN, NNP-BC, associate dean of undergraduate programs, also presented at the conference, and was extremely pleased with her former students’ presentations. “Seeing the students take the next step in their professional development is rewarding,” says Phalen. “I know our message on lifelong learning and continual professional development got through and it makes me proud to see how the students have grown. They are excellent examples of what Jefferson wants to see in their alumni.”
The NANN Conference serves to provide discussions on basic knowledge and skills, recent developments in research and evidence-based recommendations. It took place from October 17-20, 2012 in Palm Springs, Calif.
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Published: 11-27-2012

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