NICU Currents: Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: An Escalating Problem for Newborns, Families, and Healthcare Providers

Program Date: 8 April 2021
Publication Date: 8 April 2021
Continuing Education Units: Nurse Contact: 1.0; Dietitian CPEU: 1.0

Course Description:

In this article, you’ll identify signs and symptoms of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS); review nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic intervention strategies for the newborn with NAS; and discuss the role of the nurse and dietitian in the care of the NAS infant.

Course Objectives:

• Identify signs and symptoms of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS).
• Review nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic intervention strategies for the newborn with NAS.
• Discuss the role of the nurse and dietitian in the care of the NAS infant.
  • CDR Level: 2
  • Performance Indicators: 8.1.2, 8.1.5, 8.3.4
  • Run Time: 60

Course Instructor Bio(s)

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Gail Bagwell, DNP, APRN, CNS

Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Division of Neonatology
Columbus, OH, USA
Gail Bagwell is a member of the Nationwide Children's Hospital Division of Neonatology team. She completed her undergraduate degree in nursing at West Virginia Wesleyan College, her master's in nursing at the University of Cincinnati, and her doctor of nursing practice at Chatham University. Gail joined Nationwide Children's in 1993 as the clinical nurse specialist in the NICU. In 2000, she became the clinical nurse specialist for Perinatal Outreach where she works with the healthcare providers caring for neonates in Nationwide Children's large referral area of Central, Southeast, Northwest, and Northeast Ohio. In this role, she provides education to healthcare providers on the well newborn as well as care of the sick and premature newborn and serves as a resource on neonatal and quality improvement initiatives. Gail's interests are neonatal abstinence syndrome, breastfeeding, safe sleep, and parent transition. Gail is the current president of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses. She is a NRP instructor, a lead S.T.A.B.L.E. instructor, and a published author having written chapters in all six editions of the Kenner and Lott "Comprehensive Neonatal Care" textbook, as well as in other books and journals.
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