NICU Currents: Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: An Escalating Problem for Newborns, Families and Nurses( Part 1) and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: We Aren't Done Yet!! (Part 2)

Program Date: March 2016
Continuing Education Units: 2.0 Nurse Contact Hours, 2.0 Dietitian CPEU

Course Objectives:

  • Identify signs and symptoms of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS).
  • Name 3 medications commonly used to pharmacologically treat NAS.
  • Discuss 5 non-pharmacologic intervention strategies for the newborn with NAS.
  • CDR Level: 2
  • Suggested Learning Codes: 3060, 5060, 5310, 5350
  • Media Format(s): Article (English)

Course Instructor Bio(s)

Gail A. Bagwell DNP, APRN, CNS

Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist for Perinatal Outreach
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Columbus, Ohio

Gail A. Bagwell DNP, APRN, CNS is a Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist for Perinatal Outreach at Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) in Columbus, Ohio. She has worked with neonates with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) and their mothers throughout her career. Her doctoral project focused on increasing breastfeeding for babies diagnosed with NAS and she is the co-chair of the NAS Taskforce at NCH.

Sandra L. Gardner, RN, MS

Sandra L. Gardner, RN, MS is a retired Clinical Nurse Specialist and retired PNP. Editor for NICU Currents and Pediatric Currents. She is also co-editor with Gerald B. Merenstein, M.D., of Handbook of Neonatal Intensive Care 8th edition, 2016.


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