Happiest Place on Earth: NANN Anaheim Conference 2018!



NANN’s 34th annual conference took place in Anaheim this past October. Commencing the conference was Neonatologist Cristina Carballo-Perelman who gave a motivational presentation on nursing empowerment! She has written books regarding her decades of clinical experience as an MD on the lack of respect nurses receive in the workplace. Dr. Carballo-Perelman is an encouragement to each nurse and inspired us to not shy away from speaking up. There was a wide variety of classes offered in those three days including “Neonatal Hypoglycemia and Dextrose Gel as a New Emerging Treatment Modality”, “Premature Birth and Neonatal Illness May Contribute to Childhood and Adult Kidney Disease”, “Fundamentals of NICU Surgical Nursing: Tracheoesophageal Fistula and Esophageal Atresia”, “Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome”, “The Surprising Value of a Physical Assessment in the Age of Technology”, “Managing the Patient with PPHN”, etc. One of our favorites was called “Minimally-Invasive Fetal Surgery for Neural Tube Defects” presented by Dr. Jimmy Espinoza, OB-GYN and Co-Director of the Fetal Center at Texas Children’s Hospital-Pavilion for Women. Dr. Espinoza gave an enlightening talk and showed us video clips of fetal surgery repair of spina bifida defects in utero and the research that correlates with the different surgical methods on the fetus.

Not only did all of us have fun spending time with each other, learning the latest news and research in neonatology, sharing a house close to the conference, and going in Disneyland, but our highlight was standing and cheering for the one and only Kamela Loo as she was presented with NANN’s Neonatal Nurse Practitioner of the Year award! We had an educational and delightful experience and hope you will join us next year for the 2019 NANN conference in Savannah, Georgia!





2018 Spring Conference and Breakfast: Conference Recaps


For the Spring 2018 Conference, CCANN featured topics related to Cutting Edge Trends in Neonatal Nutrition.  The conference opened with Dr. Mario Rojas, a Neonatologist and new medical director of Valley Children’s Hospital.  He described microbial evolution starting from more than 3 billion years ago, the development of microbiomes, the function of probiotics and how they prevent bacterial translocation and sepsis.  Dr. Rojas’ scientific presentation provided much insight into the importance of maintaining a robust microbiome for optimal health and he ended his presentation with the question for the audience: whether or not probiotics  prevent NEC in neonates. Following his presentation were two other captivating speakers—Terry Johnson, a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, and Dr. Julia Mizener, another Neonatologist at Valley Children’s Hospital.  Terry Johnson discussed the role of human milk oligosaccharides in establishing and maintaining the microbiome as well as immunologic advantages of human milk feeding in the NICU. The conference concluded with Dr. Mizener’s discussion of the benefits of breast milk in preemie neurodevelopment.   Some important considerations that may require follow up following this informative conference include the safety of cotton tipped applicators for oral care in the NICU, the role of skin-to-skin contact in neonatal resuscitation (in some countries, neonatal resuscitation including umbilical catheterization and intubation is done during skin-to-skin), and the significance of promoting a diverse microbiome in the neonate through the provision of human milk, probiotics, and effective antibiotic stewardship.




“Breakfast and Learn”

Most recently, CCANN also organized a mini-conference at Marie Callender’s Restaurant featuring Dr. Radhika Narang, a neonatologist at Valley Children’s Hospital. Dr. Narang presented on Non-immune Hydrops Fetalis (NIHF) in a Neonate. With a higher frequency of this diagnosis, this was an opportune time for Dr. Narang to explain NIHF and how “it represents a large spectrum of rare disorders and conditions.” She distinguished NIHF with Immune Hydrops Fetalis, and proceeded to delve into the pathophysiology, multifarious causes, and management. During her presentation, Dr. Narang shared beautiful pictures of Alaska and had quiz questions to keep attendees engaged.





Fall CCANN Conference 2018



The Fall 2018 CCANN conference titled Neonatal Hematology featured Valley Children’s Neonatal Nurse Practitioners (NNPs) and Neonatologists.  The speakers and presentations were as follows:


Kamela Loo, MSN,NNP-BC, FNP-BC on CBC Fundamentals. Not every high count means infection

Dr.Radhika Narang, Neonatologist on Red is my Favorite Color: Neonatal Anemia

Kathy Chamberlain, NNP-BC, MSN-ED on To Bleed or Not to Bleed, a Discussion on Platelet Abnormalities


Dr. Indira Chandrasekar, Neonatologist on Neonatal Coagulation Disorders: A Systematic Approach


Many conference attendees found the conference presentations and discussions to be both enriching and relevant to their practice.  CCANN officers and supporters work diligently to organize educational conferences to advance to neonatal practice and welcome you to attend future educational offerings!