Webinars

Dandle·LION Medical webinars are recorded and can be viewed live, with an opportunity to ask questions, or as a recording. Both ways offer a FREE CEU!! Go to www.dandlelion-webinars.com to register for a current webinar and view all previous webinars.

Webinar: Neurobehavioral Assessment of High-Risk Infants in the NICU

Webinar Date:  Friday, March 4, 2016:  9 am PT, 10 am MT; 11 am CT, noon EST

Faculty:  Bobbi Pineda PhD, OTR/L

Neurobehavioral assessments can be used to evaluate the efficacy of therapeutic interventions, to define and communicate an individual infant’s strengths and weaknesses, and can empower parents to understand the developmental potential of their premature infant.  When used to cover the span of a NICU stay, they offer powerful insights and clues to an infant’s brain development and potential challenges for the future.

In this presentation we will discuss the purpose of the neurobehavioral exam, define different assessments available for use with high risk infants in the NICU, and discuss how to administer and interpret assessment results.

Our Learning Objectives:

Go to www.dandlelion-webinars.com to register for the webinar, listen to the recording (after March 5, 2016), earn a free CE and/or download the flyer.

Webinar: Mitigating Procedural Pain in High-Risk Infants: Challenge and Opportunities

Webinar Date:  Friday, December 4, 2015:  9 am PT, 10 am MT; 11 am CT, noon EST

Faculty:  Lori Brittingham, MSN, RN, CNS, ACCNS-N

Infants spending time in the neonatal intensive care unit are exposed to a number of painful procedures on a daily basis.  For infants with an extended length of stay, this can result in hundred of painful exposure over the course of the first several months of life.  A growing body of evidence has shown that unmitigated pain can have deleterious short- and long-term consequences on the developing infant, yet pain in this vulnerable population is often unrecognized and under-treated.  This presentation will provide neonatal care team members with the tools required to implement effective environmental and behavioral strategies to minimize the effects of painful exposures in high-risk infants.

Our Learning Objectives:

Go to www.dandlelion-webinars.com to register for the webinar, listen to the recording (after December 5, 2015), earn a free CE and/or download the flyer.

Webinar: Providing Comforting Touch to Very Preterm Infants Using the M-Technique

Webinar Date:  Friday, September 4, 2015:  9 am PT, 10 am MT; 11 am CT, noon EST

Faculty:  Joan Renaud Smith, PhD, RN, NNP-BC and Sandra Conner, BS, PT

Touch is the first sense to develop and is essential to infant neurodevelopment, learning and health. Although the positive effects of massage therapy have been well studied in stable preterm infants, little is known about the effects of a comforting touch technique on infants born very preterm.

Our presenters will describe how their interdisciplinary team developed a novel, infant-driven comforting touch strategy, called the M Technique.  They will also share the results of a recent research project in which they investigated the effect of the M Technique on very preterm infants, who were less than 30 weeks gestation.

The M Technique is a new evidence-based intervention that is easy to learn, can be taught to parents, and may also be provided to patients of any age both inside and outside of the NICU

Our Learning Objectives:

Go to www.dandlelion-webinars.com to register for the webinar, listen to the recording (after September 5, 2015), earn a free CE and/or download the flyer.

Webinar: The Short and Long-Term Impact of Therapeutic Positioning on Pulmonary Development, Function & Morbidities

Webinar Date:  Friday, July 10, 2015:  9 am PT, 10 am MT; 11 am CT, noon EST

Faculty:  John Chappel, PT,  Director of Synactive Pediatrics Curriculum, URSA

Supportive positioning of babies in the NICU promotes physiologic and behavioral stability, reduces stress and promotes the well-being of each infant.  However, individualized positioning may also improve lung function, pulmonary health and long term respiratory morbidities for these fragile infants as well.  This webinar will provide the theory and anatomical rationale for the use of individualized interventions for pulmonary health in the NICU.

Our Learning Objectives: Discuss at least two positive effects of supportive positioning and early movement of the preterm infant lung function and chest mechanics.

Go to www.dandlelion-webinars.com to register for the webinar, listen to the recording (after July 10, 2015), earn a free CE and/or download the flyer.

Webinar: Care of the Extremely Low Birth Weight Infant

Webinar Date:  Friday, May 8, 2015:  9 am PT, 10 am MT; 11 am CT, noon EST

Faculty:  Mindy Morris, DNP, CNS, NNP-BC 

The Extremely Low Birth Weight (ELBW) infant is the highest risk group of neonatal patients for mortality and morbidities such as infection, chronic lung disease, and long-term neuro-developmental delays.  Overall, survival for the ELBW infant has improved, however rates of morbidities have not improved to the same degree.

In this presentation, we will review some of the evidence supporting specific care practices for the ELBW infant, highlight the importance of the bedside care provider, and discuss methods to improve outcomes.

Our Learning Objectives:

Go to www.dandlelion-webinars.com to register for the webinar, listen to the recording (after May 6), earn a free CE and/or download the flyer.

The Unseen Environment of the NICU

Webinar Date:  Friday, March 13, 2015:  9 am PT, 10 am MT; 11 am CT, noon EST

Faculty:  Kathi Salley Randall RN, MSN, CNS, NNP-BC 

The “environment” is a term used to describe the endless combination of external factors surrounding and affecting an organism.  Unfortunately most of us find ourselves living in an environment contaminated with potentially harmful chemicals that can enter our blood stream through the lungs, digestive system and skin.

In this presentation we will review the unique vulnerability of developing newborns and specific routes of potential exposure for us all.  We will review common environmental toxins and their associated health risks, provide practical tips on how to identify and minimize exposures to these substances, and simple ways that you can advocate for safer ingredients in everyday products – from food to skin care products and cleaning supplies.

Our Learning Objectives:

Go to www.dandlelion-webinars.com to register for the webinar, listen to the recording (after March 13), earn a free CE and/or download the flyer.

To Serve, Protect and Treat: Two Neonatal Skin Care Challenges

Webinar Date:  Friday, January 9, 2015:  9 am PT, 10 am MT; 11 am CT, noon EST

Faculty:  Media Esser, RN, MSN, NNP-BC, PhD(c), Neonatal Nurse Practitioner at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Neonatal nurses are aware of the importance of proper newborn skin care and the importance of following a standardized plan of care. Neonatal skin issues have been known to contribute to sepsis, extended length of stay, deformities, scarring, pain, stress, and parent dissatisfaction.  The most common skin issues that neonatal nurses face are diaper dermatitis along with various other tissue injuries that occur from daily bedside care.

This presentation will focus on how the use of a diaper dermatitis algorithm can provide consistency in care and ultimately decrease the incidence of diaper dermatitis in the NICU. We will also discuss how the use of hydrogel dressings can impact the healing of various other skin injuries seen in the NICU.

Our Learning Objectives:

Go to www.dandlelion-webinars.com to register for the webinar, listen to the recording (afterJanuary 12), earn a free CE and/or download the flyer.

Creating a Neuro-NICU: Valuable Insights for All

Webinar Date:  Friday, August 8th:  9 am PT, 10 am MT; 11 am CT, noon EST

Faculty:  Kathi Salley Randall RN, MSN, CNS, NNP-BC , Neuro-NICU program consultant at Stanford Children’s Hospital and Loma Linda Children’s Hospital

Neuro-NICU’s have been popping up in large academic centers around the US and now the world during the last decade. The name is intriguing but what does it really mean?  In this one-hour webinar, Kathi Randall will share her perspectives on this new trend, highlight the benefits and some preliminary outcome data from stand alone NN units, and discuss commonalities and differences between those in existence.

If your unit is considering creating a Neuro-NICU, you will gain valuable insights.  For those who are not involved in a Neuro-NICU, there will be many practical practice changes highlighted that can have significant impact on neurodevelopment in every NICU.

Our Learning Objectives:

Go to www.dandlelion-webinars.com to listen to the recording, earn a free CE and/or download the flyer.

Continuity of Care: How Primary Nursing Plays a Pivotal Role in Partnering with Parents

Webinar Date:  Friday, October 3, 2014:  9 am PT, 10 am MT; 11 am CT, noon EST

Faculty:  Liz Drake, MN, CNNP, CNS, NICU Clinical Nurse Specialist, CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital

We often discuss the importance of “Continuity of Care” in the NICU. It has been known to contribute to improved parent satisfaction, improved outcomes and improved staff satisfaction. We have also experienced being on the receiving end with lack of continuity…in medical management, across shifts and across disciplines. Often times the bedside nurse is placed in the middle of a continuity quandary with the family ultimately looking to them for support and answers.

This presentation will focus on how the concept of continuity is understood in healthcare today and discuss the parent’s perception of continuity.  We will also discuss how a Primary Nurse Care approach can be part of a process of continuity that supports the family and creates an environment where all involved are unified in the care of the infant and family.

Our Learning Objectives:

Go to www.dandlelion-webinars.com to register for the webinar, listen to the recording (after October 3), earn a free CE and/or download the flyer.

Breastfeeding the Medically Complex Infant

Webinar Date:  Friday, June 13:  9 am PT, 10 am MT; 11 am CT, noon EST

Faculty: Kimberly Barbas, BSN, RN, IBCLC, Lactation Consultant, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA

Breastmilk is the preferred form of infant nutrition and there is extensive scientific evidence to support its use in hospitalized infants. Mothers of medically complex infants face many challenges when providing breastmilk to their babies and reaching their breastfeeding goals. This presentation will discuss the barriers of separation and re-define breastfeeding success using creative feeding plans for the medically complex infant.

Our Learning Objectives:

1. List three potential barriers to breastfeeding in the hospitalized infant

2. Describe three techniques to facilitate breastfeeding in a medically complex infant

3. Give two examples of creative feeding plans for  the medically complex infant

Go to www.dandlelion-webinars.com to listen to the recording, earn a free CE and/or download the flyer.