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National Association of Neonatal Nurses mission:

“Is the professional voice that shapes neonatal nursing through excellence in practice, education, research, and professional development.”

The National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) is my professional organization of choice as a neonatal intensive care nurse. NANN is an association of neonatal nurses and advanced practice registered nurses that represents the interests of neonatal patients, their families, and the neonatal nurses and APRNs who care for them (National Association of Neonatal Nurses [NANN], n.d.). As early as 1984, the organization was founded and incorporated in California. A Neonatal Nurse Practitioners Association (NANNP) was formed more recently in 2007 by NANN.

There are several values that exist within the organization such as ethics and professionalism, lifelong learning, fiduciary responsibility, advocacy for quality patient care, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (NANN, n.d.). There are four main goals of this organization: Education, Research and Translation, Advocacy, and Engagement of members.

As part of its policy development activities, the National Association for Neonatal Nurses publishes position and consensus statements, as well as advanced practice registered nurse publications. According to the NANN website, “Each statement discusses the background and significance of the topic and offers succinct recommendations and conclusions, along with references from the scholarly literature” (n.d.). An example would be the position statement released by NANN in collaboration with the National Perinatal Association (NPA) on the care of the mother–newborn dyad during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is NANN’s position that evidence-based care is crucial to the guidance of practice and the development of policy (Moore, 2020).

Several opportunities for engagement exist, including becoming a member of NANN. The organization offers three multi-year memberships to neonatal registered nurses, neonatal nurse practitioners, and students. If interested, one may also join NANN’s membership committee. Chapters and volunteer opportunities are available for you to develop your local connections. As a community forum, MyNANN allows participants to share challenges, common interests, experiences, and resources with others. In addition, NANN organizes social events, conferences and publish newsletters to share the latest developments and innovations in evidence-based research.

If interested in member engagement and collaboration:

http://nann.org/about/advocacy/from-the-hill-to-the-nicu

  
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