At the end of Neonatal Touch & Massage Recertification IV, the learner will be able to:
- Identify two clinical reasoning strategies to use in daily practice in the NICU
- List three daily caregiving practices supported in the literature that maximize the neurodevelopmental outcomes of preterm infants
- List 3 components of the advanced neonatal neurological examination
- List three nonpharmacological caregiving activities to support infants with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
- Webinar 1: Thinking Out Loud: Advanced Clinical Reasoning at the Bedside, Aune Nunn, OT Reg (Ont), CNT, NTMTC
- Webinar 2: Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: Updated Caregiving Strategies, Erin Springer, OTR/L, CNT, NTMTC
- Webinar 3: Neurological Examination, Diane Wilson, RN (EC), MN, NP-Paeds, NNP-BC
- Webinar 4: Hot Topic Literature Review, Shannon Usher, MSOT, OTR/L, CNT, NTMTC
- An updated Reference List with the most relevant research on neuroprotective, family-centered, developmental care
Thinking Out Loud: Advanced Clinical Reasoning at the Bedside
This presentation will discuss advanced clinical reasoning skills that focus on problem solving strategies, recommendations, interactions, and practices that are evidence based, holistic and integrated with other neonatal healthcare professionals. Multiple patient case examples will be provided, discussed and analyzed. Additionally, the importance of a transdisciplinary caregiving approach and how it differs from multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary caregiving will be reviewed, as well as the necessary steps to create this culture.
NAS: How did we get here and how can we fix it?
This webinar reviews a brief history of the opioid epidemic and how we are in the situation we are now. Much of the focus is on non-pharmacological measures to manage NAS symptoms, such as swaddling, holding, and breastfeeding and the growing research around Eat- Sleep- Console to address treating NAS.
The intent of this presentation is to enhance the understanding and performance of the neonatal neurological examination. To improve understanding of the examination findings, video demonstration will be utilized. A standardized approach to neonatal neurological examination will be reviewed including specific examination techniques and normal and abnormal findings, including recognition of clinical seizures.
Hot Topic Literature Review
This presentation reviews recent literature and provides clinical application regarding various ‘hot topics’ in neonatal care. Examples include; epigenetics, the microbiome, pain management & sedation, supporting and enhancing NICU sensory experiences (SENSE), massage, skin-to-skin, oral feeding, outcomes, and more.|71 minutes
AUNE HJARTARSON NUNN, OT Reg. (Ont), CNT, NTMTC
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.
ERIN SPRINGER, MOTR/L, CNT, NTMTC
Erin has practiced as a pediatric and neonatal occupational therapist for 18 years. She received her Master of Science from University of Puget Sound and currently works at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle. She works in the Main Campus level 4 NICU as well as the off-site level 2 nurseries. She is a Certified Neonatal Therapist, and obtained certifications in lactation education, and Neonatal Touch & Massage. Erin has presented nationally and locally on developmental care and support for infants in the NICU. She also participates in the Vermont Oxford Network Quality Improvement initiatives focused on enhancing the care of micro-preemies. Erin also has experience in NICU follow-up for developmental and feeding support.
DIANE WILSON RN (EC), MN, NP-Peds, NNP-BC
Diane is a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner in the neonatal intensive care unit at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto. Diane has a special interest in caring for newborns with brain injury. She has been instrumental in the development of the Neonatal Neurocritical Care Unit at SickKids, a specialized area within the NICU for newborns with a primary diagnosis of brain injury. Diane works closely with the Neonatology and Neurology Teams providing a liaison and point of contact for both. Diane follows patients in the neonatal neurology clinic and combined neurology/developmental follow up clinic. She has been an invited speaker at several national and international forums regarding work that she has led to advance neonatal neurocritical care. She is on the Board of Directors of the Nurse Practitioners Association of Ontario.
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 IV?
- All NTMC professionals who completed NTMC Recertification III are eligible to complete NTMC Recertification IV.
- If you completed NTMC Recertification III in the Spring/Fall you will complete the Recertification IV process in Spring/Fall two years later.
What is the process for NTMC Recertification?
You will receive information about NTMC Rectification IV by February or August of your recertification 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!
Special Needs Requests Can Be Made Directly to email@example.com
Education Level & Professional Credentials
This is an advanced continuing education activity. Those NTMC Professionals who choose to complete NTMC Recertification IV 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 IV:
The fee for Nurses and Therapists is $100.
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- This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved for 3.9 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 2020-0000000333.
- Physical Therapists:
- This activity has been approved by The Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners, approval #74343TX for 4.0 CCUs for PTs and PTAs.
- Occupational Therapists:
- Creative Therapy Consultants is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. PD activity approval ID# 10629. This distance learning independent training is offered at 0.4 CEUs, advanced level, Occupational Therapy Service Delivery & Foundational Knowledge. 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.
*Partial credit for course will not be given.