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.

In that span of time she has won several awards. She was awarded RN of the Year in the Advanced Practice area in 2008. She was a nominee for Central Valley RN of Year in 2008 as well. She was also awarded First Five Hero Award in 2009 where she bested among the 30 nominees. This award is given to individuals for their everyday “hands on” work to help improve the lives of children ages 0-5 years old in our Central Valley.

In 2008 Kamela and her team also brought forth CCANN to our Central Valley as well.  CCANN is the local Chapter of NANN. She became the founder and the first president of this organization. With the birth of CCANN neonatal nurses in the Valley, we can now connect with other NICU nurses.  CCANN has been instrumental in offering affordable CEU’s for NICU nurses and students. She has been key figure in the local NANN chapter and has been the president for many years. The teaching curriculum of this local chapter is excellent and involves latest hot topics in neonatology. She brings in speakers for the topic from various specialties and gets events sponsored by vendors. Monitory contribution to the March of dimes, as well as to local and international disasters, is always a part of our local NANN chapter’s mission. Our candidate is very keen on that aspect as well.

Currently, Kamela Loo has been working as a full time neonatal nurse practitioner at the tertiary level neonatal unit of Valley Children’s Hospital and its satellite units for the past 10 years, dividing her work time between the Regional NICU, St. Agnes NICU and Kaweah Delta Hospital.

During her tenure, she has shown both her professional and compassionate side, which is a rare combination of skills. She is an excellent human being, workaholic and a leader. Neonatologists consider her as insightful and willing to learn the work assigned to her, and that which she is yet to learn is mindboggling. She always goes the extra mile to help the nurses with their complex patients, support them, and educate them in an unintimidating way.  She supports the patients’ families emotionally and gives true opinions of existing issues gently.

She tries to understand a complex situation into which she has walked in, get a handle of issues quickly, able to prioritize, does not hesitate to call for help and able to point out (even to physicians) if the management is not optimal. Kamela gives her opinion and reasoning in a gentle, but assuring way.

She assisted in developing the NNP program at Valley Children’s Hospital. She created NNP policies and procedures. She teaches the NRP class as an instructor for past 10 years. She started the simulation lab for the new residency program and each intern goes through the simulation lab during the rotation. Skill sets taught in simulation lab include pigtail chest tube insertion, lumbar puncture, radial arterial line insertion, intubation and umbilical line insertion on manikins. She has developed the NICU handbook for nurses and residents, and recently has updated the book to include latest trends in neonatology.

Kamela exemplifies a hardworking nurse who always gets the job done. She has a caring nature and always adaptable in every situation. She performs a critical and responsible role always eager to seek challenges as an opportunity for growth while practicing safely and embodying the core values of the institution she is in. Her work ethics, leadership, work passion, involving others as a team and make everyone feel included.


Well done Kamela!




2018 CCANN Christmas Event


The 2018 CCANN Christmas Event at Copper River Country Club was a memorable night with over 70 people in attendance.   Neonatologists, nurses, respiratory therapists, friends, and family members enjoyed the camaraderie of NICU friends while being dressed up,  taking photos, listening to a presentation on nursing empowerment, and dancing the night away.  CCANN officers and supporters organized the event with the intent of celebrating CCANN’s accomplishments throughout the year while supporting Toys for Tots, and raising money for the California Wildfires relief fund.  Thank you to all those who made the night a success!  We hope to celebrate with more of you next year. Please enjoy these pictures from the event: