At the end of Recertification III the Learner will be able to:
- Recognize three benefits of massage identified in the research literature.
- List two neonatal care practice changes you can make based on brain and sensory development and protecting sleep principles.
- Identify the impact of opioids and the lymphatic system in the neonatal patient.
- Webinar 1: Importance of Sleep/Gail Poskey, PhD, OTR
- Webinar 2: Brain & Sensory Development/Aune Hjartarson, OT Reg. (Ont)
- Webinar 3: Opioids in the NICU/ Lisa Cleveland, PhD, RN, CPNP, IBCLC, NTMNC
- Webinar 4: The Lymphatic System/Holly Schifsky, OTR/L, CBIS, CNT, NTMTC
- Webinar 5: Massage Literature Review/Shannon Usher, MSOT, OTR/L, CNT, NTMTC
- An updated Reference List with the most relevant research on neuroprotective, family-centered, developmental care
Importance of Sleep
The purpose of this presentation is to understand the importance of sleep for the neonatal population. Sleep, sleep states, and sleep cycles will be explained as well as the importance of sleep for brain development and overall biological function. Resources will be provided for interventions to assist in safeguarding sleep with the neonate.|51 minutes
Brain & Sensory Development
This presentation will review critical brain and sensory system development in the context of NICU care. It will highlight tangible methods to adapt care practices, modulate the sensory environment, and support brain and sensory system development. Strategies to involve parents and caregivers will be integrated as a vital part of supporting brain development and empowering families during the NICU admission. This advanced level information will enable neonatal clinicians to be intentional in the care they provide with the goal of optimizing the short and long term outcomes for infants and families.|77 minutes
Opioids in the NICU
Soothing techniques are non-pharmacologic comfort measures and are considered the first line in the clinical management of infants with NAS. These techniques include swaddling, breastfeeding, and skin-to-skin mother-infant holding (kangaroo mother care). Of these techniques, breastfeeding and kangaroo mother care (KMC) are unique because they offer the potential to benefit both the mother and her infant. Thus, the focus of this learning session will be on the nurturing care of mother-infant dyads who are impacted by NAS.|39 minutes
The Lymphatic System
Medically complex and premature infants in the NICU can demonstrate fluctuations with excessive fluid in their extremities due to co-morbidities or genetic conditions. During this session, we will review the development of the lymphatic system, its role to allow infants the ability to obtain physiological stability, and positioning/handling interventions to maximize the ability of the integumentary system to support lymphatic flow. Discussion of therapeutic interventions and assessment of edema to determine critical reasoning for treatment planning with use of manual edema mobilization or complete lymphedema therapy.|73 minutes
Massage Literature Review
This is an extensive, up to date review of the research from the past 10 years related to neonatal massage, including the medical, therapeutic, developmental, and parental benefits of massage in the NICU.|74 minutes
GAIL POSKEY, PHD, OTR
Dr. Gail Poskey received her Bachelor of Science degree in Healthcare Administration in 1985, her Masters of OT in 1988 and her PhD in 2007. She is currently serving as an Assistant Professor for the School of Occupational Therapy at Texas Woman’s University in Dallas, TX. She has served the neonatal and pediatric population for over 20 years. Gail has been involved in multiple research projects and has numerous publications. She has also presented at the regional, national, and international level.
AUNE HJARTARSON NUNN, OT Reg. (Ont)
Aune is an experienced Occupational Therapist in a large NICU at McMaster Children’s Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. She received her undergraduate Psychology Degree and Occupational Therapy Degree from McMaster University. She is chair of the Developmental Care Committee, and provides comprehensive education for Neonatal Units and clinicians across the Region on neuroprotective care, feeding and swallowing, and complex discharge planning. Aune is an internationally sought after speaker, educator, and consultant. She lectures in the McMaster University Masters OT program on developmentally supportive care and the role of occupational therapy with premature and high risk infants. She has published in the area of clinical and videofluoroscopic assessment of aspiration in high risk infants. Aune is passionate about neuroprotective care and the importance of education to empower families and caregivers, and optimize the long term outcomes for preterm and high risk infants. Aune was awarded the OT Practice Excellence Award for 2013.
LISA CLEVELAND, PHD, RN, CPNP, IBCLC, NTMNC
Dr. Lisa Cleveland is a Board Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant. Her career is centered on advocacy for underserved families. She has a clinical practice at a non-profit, alternative high school and daycare for more than 300 at-risk children. Further, her research is focused on mother-infant dyads affected by neonatal abstinence (withdrawal) syndrome (NAS). U.S. rates of NAS have increased fivefold since 2000. Dr. Cleveland is currently leading her interprofessional team in conducting research to determine the impact of kangaroo mother care (KMC), a method of skin-to-skin, mother-infant holding, on stress reactivity and attachment in these dyads. The findings of this research show that KMC can reduce the severity of NAS symptoms and foster a strong maternal-infant attachment. In addition, Dr. Cleveland is the Principal Investigator for a Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute funded project to develop a Bexar County NAS Collaborative (BCNC). Bexar County, Texas, which includes the San Antonio area, has been disproportionately affected by NAS, accounting for one third of cases reported annually in the state. Therefore, the purpose of the BCNC, is to engage patient/family partners, community stakeholders, clinicians, and researchers in the identification of research priorities specific to NAS.
HOLLY SCHIFSKY, OTR/L, CBIS, CNT, NTMTC
Holly Schifsky is a 1997 graduate of the University of North Dakota Occupational Therapy program. She has focused her career on advancing clinical skills to provide evidence based interventions for neonates/infants/toddlers/young children with non-traumatic and traumatic injuries. She is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist, Certified Neonatal Therapist, Certified Neonatal Touch/Massage clinician and completed her infant/toddler NDT training which included a 6-month clinical mentorship. She has presented at a variety of regional and national conferences regarding clinical interventions for premature, medically complex infants, and pediatric trauma survivors. She has been a consultant in the NICU for the past 15 years and has dedicated the last 8 years to exclusive clinical work in the NICU and NICU follow-up clinic at the University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital. She provides assessments and interventions to advance developmental and feeding/swallowing skills for the patients in the 63-bed, Level IV NICU at the University of Minnesota.
SHANNON USHER, MSOT, OTR/L, CNT, NTMTC
Shannon graduated with honors from Washington University School of Medicine, earning her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. Shannon is a certified Neonatal Therapist and has been practicing in the NICU since beginning her professional career and currently works in a large Level III NICU in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She also practices in the Infant Developmental Assessment Clinic with Children’s Hospital Colorado. Shannon has presented nationally on numerous topics related to neuroprotective caregiving in the NICU. She is a Clinical Consultant and CE Administrator with Creative Therapy Consultants. Shannon has completed developmental follow-up assessments for a National Institute of Health research study, served on the March of Dimes Program Services Board and volunteered with Junior League of Colorado Springs.
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Who can complete NTMC Recertification III?
- All NTMC professionals who completed NTMC Recertification II are eligible to complete NTMC Recertification III.
- If you completed NTMC Recertification II in the Spring/Fall you will complete the NTMC Recertification III process in the Spring/Fall two years later.
What is the process for NTMC Recertification?
You will receive information about NTMC Rectification III by February or August of your certification year.
- Register Here.
- Complete the NTMC Recertification Form.
- Complete the On-Line Training after you receive your unique login and password to access the Training Portal.
- View all of the On-Line webinars, complete the brief test after each webinar (tests scores must be >80%).
- Complete the On-Line Evaluation and then receive your Certificates!
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Education Level & Professional Credentials
This is an advanced continuing education activity. Those NTMC Professionals who choose to complete NTMC Recertification III will maintain their professional credentials of Neonatal Touch & Massage Nurse Certified (NTMNC) or Neonatal Touch & Massage Therapist Certified (NTMTC) for an additional 2 years.
Fees for NTMC Recertification III:
The fee for Nurses and Therapists is $100. Click here to register.
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- This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved for 6.0 contact hours by the Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (OBN-001-91) Activity Number 2020-0000000329.
- Physical Therapists:
- This activity has been approved by The Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners, approval #71371TX for 5.5 CCUs for PTs and PTAs.
- Occupational Therapists:
- Creative Therapy Consultants is an Approved Provider of Continuing Education through the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) with provider #10629. This activity has been reviewed and approved for 5.5 Contact Hours/0.55 CEUs for Occupational Therapists.
- The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA or indicate AOTA approval of a certification or other professional recognition.
- OT Classification Codes: Domain of OT and Occupational Therapy Process
*Partial credit for course will not be given.