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2016 National Neonatal Nurses/Mother Baby Nurses Conference

200 - NAS and Skin Care

Sep 9, 2016 6:30am ‐ Sep 9, 2016 7:30am

Credits: None available.

Standard: $20.00
Members: $10.00


Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) Activity: NAS and Skin Care
Presenter(s): Marty O. Vissher, PHD, MED, CPI
Total Contact Hours: 1.00 CH, 0.00 Rx
Intended Audience: All neonatal 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: Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) has profound effects on multiple neonatal system, including the skin. NAS infants experience severe diaper area skin compromise because of the effects of frequent, loose stooling and agitation. The compromise is significantly more severe than that experienced by full term neonates. In addition, premature infants with NAS may have poorly developed skin, depending upon their gestational age. Diaper skin breakdown may exacerbate other NAS symptoms. Strategies to mitigate or prevent painful skin damage are important in the care of these infants. Approaches to skin care in NAS infants is discussed.
Objectives: Upon completion, learners will be able to:

  • Describe infant skin development and adaptation; compare and contrast premature skin with full term skin.
  • Describe the effects of neonatal abstinence syndrome on infant skin and the impact on infant state/behavior.
  • Discuss strategies to mitigate/prevent the negative effects of neonatal abstinence syndrome on infant skin.

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. The lead nurse planner, the planning committee, and the author(s) of this activity disclose no relevant financial relationships.
  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.


  • Marty O. Vissher, PhD, Research Director, Skin Research, Independent Consultant

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