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2018 CCAN Annual Scholarship Recipient (NNP Student)


Congratulations to
Sophia Kemp for winning our annual scholarship of $750! Sophia wrote:


Thank you so much for the scholarship I was awarded this year, May 2018. The money was used to help cover the cost of my tuition. I am very grateful, and I hope to continue to the success of CCANN and play my part in contributing to the growth and continued success of our organization. I am currently in my second semester of the NNP program at UAB, and while it is quite challenging, I plan to continue along this path to further my education and accomplish the goals I have set for myself.

I thank the CCANN leadership for providing the guidance and encouragement that is well needed. I do plan to stay an active member in this organization and I welcome the challenges ahead to improve the care we give to our patients and community.




And the NANN 2018 Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Award Goes to…

On October 18, 2018,
Kamela Loo was awarded
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Excellence Award by her colleagues at National Association of Neonatal Nurses

in Anaheim, California. She was recognized for her exemplary practice, leadership service,
and education effort in
neonatal nursing.


Her dynamic trajectory to the top started as soon as she graduated from her Bachelor of Science of Nursing in Fresno State University. She was immediately employed at Valley Children’s Hospital and has been working in the same institution since 1984.


Her other various roles included: bedside nurse, moving up to be a charge nurse, resuscitation nurse, and transport nurse for 20+ years at Valley Children’s Hospital.


Eventually, Kamela went back to school to become a Family Nurse Practitioner in 2001. In the year of 2005, Kamela assisted in establishing the High-Risk Infant Follow-up Clinic. She worked tirelessly with the HRIF coordinator, Kathy Costa, RN, to develop standards and procedures for the clinic to ensure compliance with CCS standards as well as adherence to the institution’s commitment to service and excellence. She found her home still belongs to the neonatal world, and she eventually became the first home grown Neonatal Nurse Practitioner in the year 2008. (click here to read full article)