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The National Conference of Neonatal Nursing

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Join us at the 31st Annual the National Conference of Neonatal Nursing, where clinical experts will share their extensive knowledge and experience, and encourage thought-provoking discussions and problem-solving.

Whether you're a nurse new to this specialty or an experienced clinician, the knowledge you gain will help you think critically and practice safely. Return to work energized and with increased confidence in the excellent care you provide!

Conference Objectives

  • Identify the physiologic basis of assessment, interventions and management of complex newborn diseases.
  • Explore common complications in the critically ill neonate and discuss prevention and treatment strategies.
  • Improve communication and support techniques with the families of NICU patients.
  • Identify examples of evidence-based practice projects for your unit, implement a plan to begin the process, and understand the potential impact on care as a result of project findings.
  • Describe ethical, legal and controversial practice dilemmas encountered in the care of critically ill neonates.

San Francisco of the most fascinating, cosmopolitan and romantic cities in the world.

There is so much to see and do - explore Fisherman's Wharf with the frenetic energy of fishing boats, street performers and artists. Watch the African penguin feeding at the Steinhart Aquarium, the oldest grand municipal aquarium in America.

Why is this a "Must Attend" Event?

  • Preconference AAdvanced Neonatal Pathophysiology: The always-popular in-depth examination of the physiologic basis for various neonatal diseases returns.
  • Preconference B: Brain Care: A brand new Preconference on practice advances, assessment skills, neuroprotection, rapidly evolving treatment strategies and monitoring techniques for the neonatal brain. Our faculty features internationally known speakers and pioneers in the field of neonatal neurology, guaranteeing a day of lively discussion and cutting-edge information.
  • Core Competency Areas and Content Topics for NCC Certification Maintenance in your specialty are included in this conference.
  • Drug-exposed infants, improving staff/parent communication and decreasing stress for families, nutrition, BPD rate reduction, quality improvement projects, new skin care guidelines—just a sampling of the hot topics addressed.
  • Choose from 16 Concurrent Sessions and create a conference experience that will meet your educational needs and interests.
  • Direct clinical application of the evidence-based information presented and practical strategies to improve patient outcomes.
  • Faculty panels, interactive concurrent sessions and case study discussions designed to engage you and bring the information presented to life!
  • San Francisco in the summer! A stunning location where you can explore and enjoy the diverse restaurants,  shopping areas, cultures and activities that San Francisco has to offer.

Who Should Attend?

  • Staff Nurse
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Nurse Manager
  • Educator or Instructor
  • Transport Nurse
  • Case Manager


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This conference was rejuvenating, with good information that filled gaps in my understanding of pathophysiology, from embryo to neonatal complications.

Patti Meister-Ganzhorn, BSN, RNC-NIC Cleveland, OH

Conference Program


8:00 am

Immunocompetence & Infectious Disease (Rx = .25 hr.)
Jan Sherman, PhD, RN, NNP-BC


8:00 am

Performing a Neonatal Neurologic Exam: What are the Important Components and Considerations?
Susan Peloquin, MS, RN, PNP


An Overview of Neonatal Brain Injuries
Hannah Glass, MDCM, MAS


10:00 am

Developmental Overview of Cardiac Anatomy and Physiology (Rx = .25 hr.)
Sharon Fichera, MSN, RN, NNP-BC, CNS


10:00 am

Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE): Neuropathology and Clinical Presentation
Thomas Shimotake, MD


The Use of Hypothermia to Provide Neuroprotection for Neonatal HIE Q&D Faculty Panel
Susan Peloquin, MS, RN, PNP


11:30 am

Renal Physiology (Rx = .25 hr.)
Jan Sherman, PhD, RN, NNP-BC


1:00 pm

Not Everything that Shakes is Seizure: How to Recognize Epileptic and Non-Epileptic Events in Infants
Maria Cilio, MD, PhD


1:30 pm

Respiratory Distress (Rx = .25 hr.)
Jan Sherman, PhD, RN, NNP-BC


1:45 pm

Seizures: Causes, Treatments, Outcomes and Follow-Up
Hannah Glass, MDCM, MAS


Imaging and Monitoring: NIRS to aEEG and More
Sonia Bonifacio, MD


3:30 pm

Multiple Organ Dysfunction Syndrome (Rx = .5 hr.)
Sharon Fichera, MSN, RN, NNP-BC, CNS


3:45 pm

Protecting the Newborn Brain Q&D Faculty Panel
Donna Ferriero, MD, MS


8:00 am

The Drug Exposed Neonate (Rx = .25 hr.)
Linda Lefrak, MSN, RN


Developing Evidence-Based Practice Projects in Your NICU
Jan Sherman, PhD, RN, NNP-BC


Highlights of the 2013 AWHONN Skin Care Guidelines
Carolyn Lund, MSN, RN, FAAN


Interventions to Reduce Traumatic Stress in Parents of Preterm Infants Q&D Faculty Panel
Richard Shaw, MD

1:45 pm

Delivery Room Emergencies (Rx = .25 hr.)
Jose Honold, MD


Regional Disaster Planning for NICUs: A Nursing-Driven Tool
Ronald Cohen, MD


Procedural and Post-Op Management of Pain (Rx = .5 hr.) Q&D Faculty Panel
Linda Lefrak, MSN, RN

During each Concurrent Session, 4 topics are presented simultaneously in separate rooms. Sessions are limited in size and choices are assigned in the order received. Indicate your selections on the Registration Form.

8:00 am


Cardiac Evaluation for Neonates with Suspected CHD (Rx = .25 hr.)
Jose Honold, MD

Shock States in Neonates: Risk Factors, Assessment and Management (Rx = .75 hr.)
Sandra Beauman, MSN, RNC-NIC, CNS

Medical Legal Exposure for Nurses
Jay Goldsmith, MD

Best Practices: Hot Topics in Feeding the Infant



Lab Values: Interpretation and Management (Rx = .25 hr.)
Jan Sherman, PhD, RN, NNP-BC

End of Life and Palliative Care: When Does It Begin?
Beverly Walti, MSN, RNC-NIC, CPNP, CNS

Fetal and Newborn Neurosensory Development: Implications for Care in the NICU
Lindsay Lightbody, MA

Two Strategies: Feeding Pathway as a Preventive Measure for NEC & Feeding Post-Bowel Surgery
Olivia Mayer, BS, RD

1:00 pm


CPAP and Non-Invasive Ventilation: An Update
Jay Goldsmith, MD

Families Matter: Improving Communication Between Families and the Healthcare Team
Heather Keller, BA
Seyi McLelland, MBA, BA
Nancy Vierhaus, MSN, RNC

Hot Topics in Neonatal Wound Care
Sandra Beauman, MSN, RNC-NIC, CNS

Neonatal Pulmonary Vascular Disease: Recognition and Treatment Strategies (Rx = .75 hr.)
Emma Olson, MS, RN, CPNP



The Extremely Low Birth Weight Infant: Care Considerations for These Special Babies
Mindy Morris, DNP, CNS, NNP-BC

What Creates Moral Distress for Nurses? Ethical Dilemmas in the NICU
Linda Lefrak, MSN, RN

Sepsis: It's Not the Same Old Infection Anymore! (Rx = .5 hr.)
Sharon Fichera, MSN, RN, NNP-BC, CNS

Neonatal Simulation and the NRP
Kimberly Yaeger, MEd, RN

8:00 am

Can You Decrease the BPD Rate in Your NICU?
Jay Goldsmith, MD


Simple Ideas, Significant Results: Successful Quality Improvement Project Examples
Mindy Morris, DNP, CNS, NNP-BC


NEC: The Surgical Perspective
Sunghoon Kim, MD


Genetics at the Bedside: Impact on Care Q&D Faculty Panel
Beverly Walti, MSN, RNC-NIC, CPNP, CNS

Conference Faculty

Sandra Sundquist Beauman MSN, RNC-NIC, CNS
Clinical Research Coordinator
University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center
CNS Consulting
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Sonia Lomeli Bonifacio MD
Director, Neurointensive Care Nursery
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital
San Francisco, California

Maria Roberta Cilio MD, PhD
Division of Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology
Department of Neurology
University of California San Francisco
San Francisco, California

Ronald A. Cohen MD
Director, Department of Diagnostic Imaging
Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland
Oakland, California

Donna M. Ferriero MD, MS
W.H. and Marie Wattis Distinguished Professor and Chair
Department of Pediatrics
Physician-in-Chief, UCSF Benioff Children?s Hospital
San Francisco, California

Sharon Fichera MSN, RN, NNP-BC, CNS
Clinical Nurse Specialist/Clinical Manager
Newborn and Infant Critical Care Unit
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California

Hannah C. Glass MDCM, MAS
Associate Professor, Neurology & Pediatrics
Director, Neonatal Neurocritical Care Services
Neonatal Neurology, Fellowship Program Director
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital
San Francisco, California

Jay P. Goldsmith MD
Professor of Pediatrics
Elsie Schafer Chair of Neonatology
Tulane University School of Medicine
New Orleans, Louisiana

Jose A. Honold MD
Attending Neonatologist
Director, Children's Hospital Emergency Transport
Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego
Medical Director
El Centro Regional Medical Center NICU
Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
University of California San Diego
San Diego, California

Heather Keller BA
Lead Parent, Department of Family-Centered Care
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford
Palo Alto, California

Sunghoon Kim MD
Pediatric Surgeon
Children's Hospital & Research Center
Oakland, California
Assistant Clinical Professor
University of California School of Medicine
San Francisco, California

Linda Lefrak MSN, RN
Clinical Nurse Specialist RETIRED MAY 2015
Intensive Care Nursery
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital
San Francisco, California

Lindsay Lightbody MA
Infant Developmental Specialist
Department of Pediatrics
University of California San Francisco
San Francisco, California

Carolyn Lund MSN, RN, FAAN
Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist and ECMO Coordinator
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland
Oakland, California
Associate Clinical Professor, School of Nursing
University of California San Francisco
San Francisco, California

Olivia Mayer BS, RD
Clinical Pediatric Dietitian, NICU Specialist
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford
Palo Alto, California

Seyi McLelland MBA, BA
Parent Presenter
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford
Palo Alto, California

Mindy Morris DNP, CNS, NNP-BC
Conference Co-Chair
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Coordinator, NICU Extremely Low Birth Weight Program
CHOC Children's Hospital
Orange, California

Emma Olson MS, RN, CPNP
Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension and Heart Failure
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital
San Francisco, California

Susan Peloquin MS, RN, PNP
Clinical Coordinator, Neurointensive Care Nursery
UCSF Benioff Children?s Hospital
San Francisco, California

Richard Shaw MD
Medical Director, Consultation-Liaison Services
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford
Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics
Stanford University School of Medicine
Palo Alto, California

Jan Sherman PhD, RN, NNP-BC
Adjunct Associate Professor
Department of Child Health, School of Medicine
Associate Teaching Professor, Sinclair School of Nursing
University of Missouri
Columbia, Missouri

Thomas Shimotake MD
Neurointensive Care Nursery
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital
San Francisco, California

Nancy Vierhaus MSN, RNC
Planning Committee Member
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford
Palo Alto, California

Beverly Inge Walti MSN, RNC-NIC, CPNP, CNS
Clinical Nurse Specialist, NICU
CHOC Children's Hospital
Orange, California

Kimberly Yaeger MEd, RN
Senior Simulation Specialist
Center for Advanced Pediatric and Perinatal Education (CAPE)
Stanford University
Palo Alto, California


Contemporary Forums is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Nurses and Nurse Practitioners

Main Conference: 16.00 ANCC / 19.20 CA BRN contact hours
Preconference A - Advanced Neonatal Pathophysiology: 7.00 ANCC / 8.40 CA BRN contact hours
Preconference B - Brain Care: 7.00 ANCC / 8.40 CA BRN contact hours


You will receive a Certificate of Attendance verifying your attendance at this course.  Please comply with the guidelines of the appropriate boards, organizations or agencies in registering your credit.

General Information

A Certificate of Attendance will be available online after you complete the course requirements, enabling you to register your credit with the appropriate licensing boards or associations. To apply for credit not listed below, use the procedure established by the specific organization.

Nurses and Nurse Practitioners
Preconference A: 7 ANCC/8.4 CA BRN contact hours
Preconference B: 7 ANCC/8.4 CA BRN contact hours
Main Conference: 16 ANCC/19.2 CA BRN contact hours

Contemporary Forums is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Contemporary Forums is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #04516.

(CA BRN contact hour = 50 minutes)

NCC Certified Nurses and Nurse Practitioners
Contemporary Forums is a continuing education organization recognized by the National Certification Corporation. This conference covers a variety of the Core Competency Areas and Content Topics required for the NCC's Certification Maintenance in your specialty.

Pharmacology Credit for Prescriptive Authority
Preconference A: 1.5 hours
Main Conference: 3.5 hours available

Rx indicates pharmacology content. Because states' requirements vary, contact your Board of Nursing for more information.

Case Managers
Application has been made for continuing education credit from the Commission for Case Manager Certification.


San accessible city for the visitor with much to see and do.

Explore Fisherman's Wharf with the frenetic energy of fishing boats, street performers and artists. Pier 39 is an extravaganza of shops and restaurants, where you'll be amazed at the antics of sea lions frolicking in the sun. From here you can hop on a cable car and take in sweeping views of the bay, Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Spend some time in Chinatown where fish markets, tea and herb shops, and exotic produce stalls spill onto the street, or North Beach, the Italian quarter, where you can join locals at an outdoor café for espresso and pastry or wander in and out of the tempting delis, bakeries and pasta houses. Your trip to San Francisco would not be  complete without a shopping spree and this city offers many opportunities for that! From the delightful boutiques of Union and Chestnut Streets to the designer shops on Union Square, you will not be disappointed.

San Francisco has a love affair with food and you will find a wide range of cuisines, pricing, and restaurant styles. After dinner, head to trendy SoMa, the "see and be seen" club scene, or head back to North Beach and take in Beach Blanket Babylon, the quirky, entertaining and riotously funny musical revue.

Conference headquarters will be the dramatic Hyatt Regency San Francisco, with its impressive 20-story atrium lobby and a view from every room. The Hyatt is surrounded by a multitude of shops and restaurants, including the Ferry Building, bustling with a Farmer's Market, gourmet shops and diverse restaurants.

The California Street cable car line and Embarcadero MUNI and BART stations are steps from the lobby of the hotel, giving you easy access to all the unique sites and sounds of San Francisco.

Come to San Francisco for the conference, and enjoy its amazing cultural, architectural, and natural surroundings

Take in a game at AT&T Park, home of the 2012 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants!
With its breathtaking views and classic design, AT&T Park provides a unique San Francisco experience and is just a short distance (1.4 miles) from the conference hotel.

Don't miss Golden Gate Park
(25 minutes by bus/light rail) and its gems, the de Young Museum, a state-of-the-art facility that integrates art, architecture and the natural landscape, and the brand new California Academy of Sciences, an intriguing combination of aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum and rain forest – all under one roof!

Plan to extend your stay and drive north for wine-tasting in the world famous Napa and Sonoma Valley vineyards (1 hour by car), or south down the rugged California coast to Monterey, Carmel and Big Sur for spectacular ocean views (3 hours by car).

For more information about San Francisco and the surrounding areas, visit

This conference went above and beyond my expectations. The speakers were definitely passionate about their presentation topics. It was well worth it. What a wealth of knowledge!

Sandra Key, RNC-NIC Yuma, AZ



The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco.

A limited block of rooms is being held for you and your guests at special group rates which will be in effect, based on room availability, from June 21 to June 27 for those wishing to extend their stay to enjoy area activities or qualify for discount airfares.

Rates: $225* single/double.
*Rates are per room and subject to prevailing state and local taxes.

Hotel room block release date: June 1, 2013.

To obtain the special group rates, make your reservation early as rooms may sell out. After the room block release date, call the hotel, as rooms and group rates may no longer be available.

Reserve your room online here.

For room reservations, call (800) 233-1234 and inform them that you are attending Contemporary Forums' "The National Conference of Neonatal Nursing". Request a confirmation number and written confirmation of your reservation. Reservations must include a first night's deposit.

Contact the hotel regarding cancellation policy. For arrivals after 3 p.m., call the hotel on the day of travel to reconfirm reservations.

Are you looking for a roommate for the conference? 
Click here to search.

For additional hotel information, call the Hyatt Regency San Francisco at (415) 788-1234.

Hyatt Regency San Francisco
5 Embarcadero Center
San Francisco, CA 94111


Contemporary Forums has a special discount agreement with United Airlines unavailable to the general public. To obtain these special conference fares visit, enter Offer Code ZNCS108722.

Hertz is the official car rental agency for the conference. Special rates will be in effect throughout the conference as well as one week before and after. For special rates, call HERTZ at (800) 654-2240 and refer to Contemporary Forums plus the conference discount code CV#03000260.


Registrations must include full tuition payment to be accepted. Registrations faxed without payment will not be  processed. Conference communications are sent via email. When registering please provide attendee's best email address as some emails are filtered and blocked. Since conference registration and hotel rooms are limited, early registration is advised.


Early Registration*

Regular Registration

Preconference A or B



Main Conference



*Postmarked or phone/fax/online registration and fees received on/before May 13. Tuition (U.S. Funds)

Out of consideration to registrants, children of any age and spouses may not attend the sessions.

• Continental breakfasts
• Refreshment breaks
• Certificate of Attendance
• Online access to posted presentation handouts before and after the conference.

Make payment by check (payable to Contemporary Forums and enclose with Registration Form), Visa,  MasterCard, Discover, American Express or Purchase Order. A $30 fee is charged for any returned check. Personal checks are NOT accepted at the conference. Purchase Orders must be received with registration by the conference date and include the P.O. number, invoice address, tuition, approval signature, contact name, email address and phone number.

GROUP DISCOUNTS (Mail, fax or call in together. Online registration is not available.)
Tuition discounts are given to groups of 3 or more registering for the complete Main Conference. Discounts do not apply to the Preconferences. To qualify for the group discount, all registration information must be complete for all group members, payment included and forms sent together. If faxing, list all group members on cover sheet. Subtract the discount from the tuition fee. Groups may not be formed after individual registrations are received.
          $25 per person discount for 3 or 4 in a group
          $45 per person discount for 5 or more in a group

PARTIAL ATTENDANCE (Online registration is not available.)
To register, call Contemporary Forums for tuition and CE credit for individual days. Group discounts do not apply. Registrations may not be shared.

Cancellations may be made by phone or in writing. Cancellations received on/before May 13 receive a full tuition refund. Cancellations received after May 13 are assessed a $20 processing fee. No refunds for cancellations  received after the conference begins or for "no shows." If this meeting is cancelled for any reason, including labor strikes or acts of God, liability is limited to a full refund of registration fees.

Contemporary Forums reserves the right to make necessary changes in speakers, topics or schedule. The most current program can be found on our website.

Contact Contemporary Forums at (800) 377-7707, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Pacific Time) or email:  If you require special arrangements at this conference, call (800) 377-7707, at least 30 days prior to the conference.

Online Learning

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Contemporary Forums Online CE Library is your on-demand resource for quality healthcare continuing education. All online sessions are captured directly from our recorded live conferences and are ANCC/ACCME accredited.

  • Hundreds of multimedia presentations from over 20 conferences
  • 1500+ contact hours of CE credit available
  • Earn CE credit immediately by completing online exams
  • Print your CE Certificates and track hours via your personalized CE Transcript link
  • Option to purchase single sessions at $15 or entire conferences at discounted prices

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To request group account pricing and details, visit or call (925) 361-4811.

Attendee Information


San Francisco, CA           June 23 - 26

Thank you for registering for the The National Conference of Neonatal Nursing conference, being held June 23 - 26, at the .


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Questions? Call us at (800) 377-7707
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To enhance your educational experience, we are inviting representatives from professionally relevant companies, organizations and hospitals to exhibit equipment, supplies, services and career opportunities. The schedule provides participants time for one-on-one discussion with exhibitors.

For exhibit space availability or additional information:
Phone: (925) 361-4807