Congratulations, Siri Wride, BSN Winner of 2020 CCANN Community Service Award


Siri Wride, BSN is a Neonatal nurse and the sole proprietor of Siri Wride Photography (SWP) who provides family and children photography services located in the Central Valley. Siri has a professional demeanor, while creating a fun, energetic quality in her sessions, which is displayed in her work. Siri generously donated her technical skills and artistic vision by offering Back-to-School Mini sessions on August 1 and August 8, consisting of 10 minutes and 3 images for only $30.00 per child. These mini sessions were a joint effort between SWP and CCANN in raising funds for Feeding America-COVID 19. She reached her fundraising goal of $1,000.00, and donated those earnings to Feeding America with Central California Association of Neonatal Nurses (CCANN) matching! That was $2,000.00 donated to Feeding America. Siri considered that as “a great way to give back to our very supportive and deserving community”. CCANN would like to recognize Siri Wride’s act of kindness and her extraordinary effort in fundraising to support the worthy cause of Feeding America. She is the winner of the 2020 CCANN Community Service Award. Congratulations, Siri! Check out her Facebook business page for more information on her great work.



CCANN during Pandemic Time-2020



This has been a strange year, to say the least. In early 2020, we were celebrating the 200th Birthday of Florence Nightingale as well as The Year of the Nurse and Mid Wife. This year, NANN and CCANN were also recognizing the nurses for all their amazing work and accomplishments in the NICU. Additionally, we were amidst the COVID-19 pandemic which turned the whole world upside down. As of November 2, 2020, SARS-CoV-2 has infected over 46,856,468 people and caused 1,205,745 deaths worldwide.The State of California has the highest number of COVID-19 cases of all the U.S. states (Elflein, 2020).The global economy has been severely impacted. Schools and businesses have been closed, jobs have been disrupted and the health of millions of Americans is still at risk.


As neonatal nurses, we often face the risk of COVID-19 exposure during deliveries because of the unknown COVID-19 status of infants. We have added plastic gowns, gloves, N95 masks and CAPRs to our normal uniforms. Our faces are nearly unrecognizable with the additional protective equipment. We salute all of the health care heroes and those who are in the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19 while recognizing our lives will never be the same again.


CCANN has also been impacted by the global pandemic. We observed the rules of social distancing, wearing masks and avoiding social gatherings. Our Spring Educational Conference and Breakfast Conference were both canceled due to CDC recommendations. The Fall Educational Conference became our first virtual conference. CCANN members used the video communication program, ZOOM, to participate in the educational conference, “Neonatal Endocrinology Pearls,” and submit the October 24, 2020 annual chapter report. Registration for the virtual conference was completed via QR code, and the attendee roster was compiled electronically. The chief officers of CCANN, including Gil-Da and myself, felt anxious and uncertain hosting our first ZOOM educational event.


My seven-year-old granddaughter, Kara, laughed at us and said it was “so easy!” 74 people registered for the virtual educational event. The conference was 7 Salute to our healthcare superheroes recorded and shared with every registrant. The conference evaluation forms and CEUs were all exchanged via email. Thankfully, the ZOOM meeting went smoothly with no technical difficulties! The speakers, Dr. Omar Ali, Dr. Meenal Mendiratta, and Dr. Isra Abugroun did an awesome job and all of the presentations were excellent. Rachel Isaac did a superb job emceeing the event. We thank Jennifer Montoya and Tim Goranson (Silentia) for all of their assistance in setting up the virtual conference for us. In addition, we thank Dr. Nedim Cakan (Medical Director of Endocrinology), Ross Nicholls (Mead Johnson Representative) and Ame Heinemyer (Prolacta Representative) for their support of this virtual event. Because we respected the need for social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, CCANN did not do much fundraising. The only funds we raised came from the annual vendor support, which brought in approximately $3,000.00. We are managing our finances conservatively to make sure CCANN can survive through the pandemic!


Nevertheless, CCANN did not shy away from Community Service and Advocacy. Under the direction of Ashton Baker, BSN, we contributed a total of $1,000.00 to support the March of Dimes-March for Babies.We raised and donated $2,000.00 from our fall virtual education conference to the American Red Cross to support the California Fire victims and Firefighters. CCANN also donated $2,000.00 to the Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund. Our upcoming fundraiser will be a raffle conducted during the holiday season in collaboration with the Community Food Bank and Toys for Tots for toys collection. Recognizing the financial hardship created by the pandemic, CCANN put Membership recruitment and retention mostly on hiatus status.


We awarded two scholarships of $100.00 each to the NANN virtual conference to our members: Coralee Agnas (for her contribution to the CCANN newsletter) and Gil-Da Aum (for her tremendous contributions in supporting CCANN’s daily operation). In November, we are subsidizing NANN/ CCANN membership by awarding $20.00 to each new membership or membership renewal. Anyone wishing to join or rejoin NANN/CCANN should contact our new recruitment officer, Angie Co, BSN, RN. We also welcome members who have recently joined: Dr. Radhika Narang, Neonatologist, who will be joining CCANN as one of our Medical Advisors; Dee Morris, NNP-BC, who will be assisting the education event; Kim Collins, BSN, RN who will be assisting in fundraising; and Lisa Cline, BSN, RN who will be assisting with community service activities. We offer special recognition to Nelfa Reynon, BSN, RN, recruitment officer, who retired in October 2020. She will be greatly missed. We are also giving a special community service award to Siri Wride, BSN, RN for contributing $1,000 of the proceeds from her photography sales to Feeding America.


Our chapter communication was conducted mostly through our website (, email ( and our biannual newsletter. Our website is updated twice a year. Email communication is maintained by CCANN Secretary, Sarah Gil, MSN, RNC-NIC. The Newsletter is published twice a year, under the directorship of Coralee Agnas, BSN, RNC-NIC and President-Elect and chief newsletter editor, Rose Kalebjian, BSN, RNC-NIC. Thank you to Coralee, Rose, and Sarah for their contributions. Our social media still has been largely inactive, so we are looking to recruit an officer to fulfil the role of CCANN Social Media manager.


We recognize that 2020 has been a difficult year. CCANN looks forward to 2021 and the challenges we might face under the continuous leadership of Gil-Da Aum and I. We pray our worst public health crisis, COVID-19, subsides soon. In the meantime, we send you all well wishes as we stay committed to the mission of CCANN, that is, to serve our community and bridge the gap between various hospitals’ health care professionals in our valley with the ultimate goal of improving neonatal outcomes. Reference Elflein, John, Coronavirus (COVID-19) disease pandemic-Statistics and Facts. Statista, November 6, 2020



No Goodbyes….. Till we meet again !


October 2020 came to an end of my nursing career at VCH. It has been my great pleasure to have served CCANN as an officer under the leadership of Kamela Loo, NNP-BC, founder of the Association of Neonatal Nurses in the Central Valley and as well as the pioneer President of CCANN.


Working with enthusiastic and dedicated officers and members of CCANN was such a rewarding experience. As an officer, it gave me the opportunity of a twofold journey. It enabled me to take up space that I was able to hone my leadership skills. I beam with pride that I was able to contribute to the vision, mission, and goals of the association and yet it also instilled in me, the humility that I was of service to others.


By taking part in both the NANN and CCANN, it paved the way for me to reach the heights of my nursing career. I had a lot of exciting experiences and boundless opportunities to travel and explore beautiful places, I was able to attend the National Conferences, while having the chance to meet nursing leaders of NANN (National Association of Neonatal Nurses) and nursing colleagues from around the globe and created new networking opportunities. NANN and CCANN offers great CEU’s and… not only that, it has extended my reach to gain more knowledge and evidenced based clinical practices in the care of neonatal population. This just proved that we can always put an element of fun to the nursing job that we do and with this balance, it has keep me going to be a strong nurse. I have served as a Treasurer and Chairman of Membership and Recruitment for CCANN for years. Working together as a team, CCANN officers and members have made great strides over the years. After 4 decades of my nursing profession, it is my time to close that door and move on to open another door which I believe, in my retirement years, there’ll be a lot of exciting world of possibilities. I am excited of my new beginning, but I will certainly miss everyone. CCANN and VCH NICU family holds a special place in my heart.


I encourage everyone to join CCANN and become a member of NANN for which you belong to a premier professional organization of Neonatal Nurses and you will continue to reap the benefits of a fulfilling career as you venture to be a member of these dynamic nursing organizations.


As we move forward, let us welcome ….. Angie Co, RN, BSN and I am expecting everyone to bestow your warm support as she transitions to her new role as the new Membership and Recruitment officer of CCANN. I am forever grateful for all the love and support you have offered, the friendship and the fond memories. Wherever life takes us, these memories will last me an entire lifetime. Until then…. No goodbyes… simply means I will miss you all and till we meet again