NICU Professionals Registration

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November 3 – 5, 2021
Registration: FREE
Free CEUs Available

Encourage, Educate and Empower NICU Families and the Professionals that care for them.

The Hand to Hold NICU Community Conference is a FREE online conference designed for current and NICU graduate parents, caregivers and NICU professionals. Join us for 3 days of education, encouragement and empowerment for all that love and care for NICU babies and their families.

Keynote Speaker

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Susan David, Ph.D.

Susan David, author of the #1 The Wall Street Journal bestselling book, Emotional Agility, TED Speaker, and award-winning Harvard Psychologist is one of the world’s most influential management thinkers. Her TED talk on emotional agility went viral with over one million views its first week! 

With powerful and engaging stories, humor, and insight, Susan creates a deep and authentic connection with each person in the audience, enabling them to feel understood, inspired, and able to drive real, pragmatic change.

Conference Agenda – NICU Professionals Track

Day 1: Wednesday, November 3

11:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Kelli Kelley and Sarah Inbau

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Keynote: Emotional Agility
Speaker: Susan David, Ph.D.

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Communicating with NICU Families
Marni Panas, BHAdmn, CCIP

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Compassion Fatigue: Understanding the Cost of Caring
Speaker: Pamela Spivey, MSN, CCNS, RNC-NIC, CCFP

Day 2: Thursday, November 4

11:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Welcome & Day One Recap
Kelli Kelley

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Difficult Conversations in the NICU: Helping Families When They Need Us The Most
Dr Anthony Orsini, D.O.

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Feeding & Nutrition
Christina Valentine, MD, MS, RD

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Psychological Issues Affecting Parents of Premature Infants
Speaker: Richard Shaw, MD

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Self-Care is not Selfish: Practical Options for NICU Nurses
Speaker: Kathi Randall, MSN, CNS, NNP-BC

Day 3: Friday, November 5

11:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Welcome & Day Two Recap
Kelli Kelley

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Stories Matter: Embracing our shared stories to connect and heal
Speakers: Mary Coughlin, MS, NNP, RNC-E, April Castaldi, RNC-NIC

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Importance of NICU Discharge Planning Guidelines and Standards
Speaker: Vincent Smith, MD, MPH

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Health Disparities and Cultural Competency in the NICU
Speaker: Anese Barnett, M.Ed, LMHP, Ph.D Student &
Gigi Khonyongwa-Fernandez, BSc, MSc, ACC, Certified Professional Coach

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks
Kelli Kelley

The Hand to Hold NICU Community Conference is

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The first and only conference built for NICU parents to address the mental, emotional and social challenges families may face, and further educate parents about the long-term medical and developmental needs of their fragile babies.

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The only conference for NICU professionals providing tangible takeaways on NICU family support.


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