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2016 National Neonatal Nurses/Mother Baby Nurses Conference

010c - Assessment and Scoring of Infants with NAS

Sep 7, 2016 10:00am ‐ Sep 7, 2016 11:00am

Credits: None available.


Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) Activity: Assessment and Scoring of Infants with NAS
Presenter(s): Karen D'Apolito, PHD, MSN, NNP-BC
Total Contact Hours: 1.00 CH, 0.00 Rx
Intended Audience: All neonatal and mother baby nurses
Purpose of this CNE activity: The Academy of Neonatal Nursing provides clinically current information on the technical, medical, and nursing aspects of neonatal care as well as the legal and ethical implications related to that care. This CNE activity provides information to nurses and other health care professionals who care for newborn, premature, and ill infants and their families. Specific objectives for this presentation are listed below.

Session Description: Dr. D’Apolito discusses the incidence of NAS and screening and assessment of infants for signs of NAS. The importance of establishing inter-observer reliability in scoring will be emphasized.

Objectives: Upon completion, learners will be able to:

  • Define NAS and addiction.
  • Identify withdrawal signs for various drugs of abuse.
  • Identify factors that can influence the development of NAS.
  • Identify screening methods used to diagnose NAS.
  • Describe the Finnegan Scoring Tool and how it is used in the management of NAS.
Requirements for Completion: The following requirements are necessary for successful completion of this CNE activity.
  • Access to a computer with an Internet connection
  • Attend/view at least 90% of the session
  • Complete and submit the evaluation for this CNE activity
Provider, Academy of Neonatal Nursing, approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP 6261; and Florida Board of Nursing, Provider #FBN 3218, content code 2505.
The Academy of Neonatal Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
Release Date: September 7, 2016
Expiration Date: September 30, 2019
  1. Karen D’Apolito is the developer of an inter-observer reliability program that she will discuss as a part of her presentation.
  2. This CNE activity has been reviewed by the Lead Nurse Planner. It has been determined that the material presented here shows no bias.
  3. The content of this CNE activity has been developed by the planning committee and reviewed by the Lead Nurse Planner. The content has been deemed to reflect the current state of practice.
Disclaimer: The Academy of Neonatal Nursing assumes no responsibility or liability for the content presented. Care of the infant should always be individualized and no one source relied upon for information regarding aspects of care. Accredited status does not imply endorsement by ANN, ANA, or the American Nurses Credentialing Center of any commercial products displayed or discussed in conjunction with an educational activity.



  • 1.00 - CH
  • 0.00 - Rx

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