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NeoChats is an interview-style podcast focused on educating neonatal nurses caring for newborns and their families. It is a project of the non-profit Canadian Association of Neonatal Nurses.
Jun 29, 2020
NeoChats - Series 2 Episode 4: COVID-19 in Pregnancy - Dr. Chelsea Elwood
*SERIES 2 | EPISODE 4:* COVID-19 in Pregnancy *GUEST: Chelsea Elwood, B.M.ScH, M.Sc, MD, FRCSC *Reproductive Infectious Diseases Specialist Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology University of British Columbia Healthcare professionals and researchers around the globe are quickly gathering, sharing, and reacting to data relating to COVID-19 and its impacts on pregnant women and their infants. A key Canadian voice in these discussions is British Columbia’s Dr. Chelsea Elwood. Dr. Elwood is an OBGYN and a reproductive infectious diseases specialist with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. She completed her B.Sc and M.Sc. in Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Western Ontario, then went on to medical training as an OB/GYN and a Reproductive Infectious Disease Fellowship at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Elwood is a member of the SOGC Infectious Disease committee, which makes recommendations in reproductive care as it relates to infectious diseases.
Jun 25, 2020
NeoChats - Series 2 Episode 3: Supporting Parents’ Sleep in the NICU - Dr. Robyn Stremler
*SERIES 2 | EPISODE 3*: Supporting Parents’ Sleep in the NICU *GUEST: Robyn Stremler, RN, PhD, FAAN * Associate Professor and Bloomberg Professor in Child and Family Health, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto and Adjunct Scientist, The Hospital for Sick Children Toronto, Ontario A cornerstone of a NICU patients’ journey is the establishment of a healthy sleep pattern. Far beyond simply helping parents and caregivers recharge, sleep offers infants incredibly important opportunities to develop. Dr. Robyn Stremler is a leading researcher on sleep and its impacts on infants, mothers, and families. She shares her insights on the importance of sleep for neonates in this episode of NeoChats. Dr. Stremler is an Associate Professor and Director, PhD Program, at the University of Toronto in the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, and an Adjunct Scientist at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKIds) in Toronto. Her research focuses on improving sleep and related health outcomes for families. For more on her work, visit: https://www.stremlerresearch.com/
Jun 22, 2020
NeoChats - Series 2 Episode 2: Prevention and Treatment Strategies for the Hospitalized Neonate with Diaper Dermatitis - Jeanne Scotland
*SERIES 2 | EPISODE 2:* Prevention and Treatment Strategies for the Hospitalized Neonate with Diaper Dermatitis *GUEST: Jeanne Scotland, RN, MN, NNP-BC, WOC graduate *Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Rockyview General Hospital, Alberta Health Services Calgary, Alberta Diaper rashes may seem like a rite of passage for babies (and their caregivers and parents), but diaper dermatitis can have serious complications for premature babies. Detailed prevention and early treatment strategies can be a valuable tool in mitigating the prevalence and intensity of diaper dermatitis in the NICU. Nurse practitioner Jeanne Scotland is a leading Canadian voice on neonatal skin care and shares her knowledge in this episode. Jeanne Scotland has worked with neonoates for more than 38 years, in a variety of roles, including as a neonatal nurse practitioner. She is a graduate of the Wound, Ostomy Continence Institution and is passionate about neonatal skin care. Jeanne is the lead of the neonatal skin injury prevention quality improvement project for Alberta Health Services’ Calgary Zone NICUs.
Jun 15, 2020
NeoChats - Series 2 Episode 1: Deep Caring and Moral Distress: Healthcare’s Gordian Knot - Blair Henry
*SERIES 2 | EPISODE 1:* Deep Caring and Moral Distress: Healthcare’s Gordian Knot *GUEST:* *Blair Henry, D. Bioethics *Senior Ethicist Assistant Professor, Health Ethics Alliance (SB, NYGH & WPHC) DFCM, University of Toronto Toronto, Ontario Blair Henry is a Senior Ethicist with the Health Ethics Alliance, and is currently working at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center and North York General Hospital in Toronto. He has been working as an ethicist since 2002. Prior to this, he worked in hospice end-of-life care in the community. Blair completed a Post Graduate and a Senior Ethics Fellowship in 2005-06 and 2006-07 respectfully, through the Joint Centre for Bioethics at the University of Toronto. Blair completed a Doctor of Bioethics from Loyola University in Chicago. He is also has an Assistant Professor in the Division of Palliative Care in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. His unique interests involve: research ethics, resuscitation ethics, ethics at the end of life.
Apr 24, 2020
NeoChats Episode 4: How to Respond to Quickly-Appearing Research During a Pandemic - Dr. Michael Narvey
*Episode Four: *How to Respond to Quickly-Appearing Research During a Pandemic *Guest: *Michael Narvey, MD, FRCPC, FAAP Section Head, Neonatology; Medical Director of the Child Health Transport Team; Health Sciences Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba; founder, All Things Neonatal Winnipeg-based neonatologist Dr. Michael Narvey, the voice behind the well-known website All Things Neonatal, offers a clear and concise synopsis of the current (early April 2020) COVID-19 literature regarding newborns, transmission of the virus, and testing within the context of maternal and infant care. Neonatal intensive care units across Canada are facing similar challenges but responding in various ways; Dr. Narvey offers some insight to how decisions are being made in various healthcare settings and what factual information neonatal nurses should be following. Canadian Pediatric Society Practice Points: https://www.cps.ca/en/documents/statements-by-date Dr. Narvey’s COVID-19 resources: https://www.allthingsneonatal.com/canadian-covid-19-resources/
Apr 15, 2020
NeoChats Episode 3: The Courage to Care Begins with YOU! - Mary Coughlin
*Episode 3:* The Courage to Care Begins with YOU! *Guest:* Mary Coughlin, MS, NNP, RNC-E* *President & Founder, Caring Essentials Collaborative, LLC Boston, Massachusetts Through her organization Caring Essentials, Mary Coughlin aims to “transform the experience of care for hospitalized infants, families, and clinicians” with a vision of “trauma-informed healthcare for all.” She brings her insight and experience as a NICU nurse to the COVID-19 pandemic, offering advice on how neonatal nurses and their colleagues can recognize and respond to trauma, both for themselves and for their patients. BIO: A graduate from Northeastern University where she received her baccalaureate and master’s degrees in nursing, Ms. Coughlin served in the USAF Nurses Corps before transitioning to civilian practice. A seasoned staff nurse, charge nurse and neonatal nurse practitioner, Ms. Coughlin is currently the President and Founder of Caring Essentials Collaborative. A leader in the field of neonatal nursing and internationally recognized expert in the field of trauma-informed, age-appropriate care in the NICU, Ms. Coughlin is a published author and her credits include Clinical Practice Guidelines for Age-Appropriate Care of the Premature and Critically Ill Hospitalized Infant for the National Association for Neonatal Nursing (NANN), Transformative Nursing in the NICU: Trauma-Informed, Age-Appropriate Care and her most recent book entitled: Trauma-informed Care in the NICU: Evidence-Based Practice Guidelines for Transdisciplinary Neonatal Clinicians. Mary Coughlin’s website: https://www.caringessentials.net/
Apr 8, 2020
NeoChats Episode 2: Supporting Parents in a Time of Crisis - Ann Douglas
*Episode Two:* Supporting Parents in a Time of Crisis *Guest: *Ann Douglas* *Bestselling Parenting Author of Happy Parents, Happy Kids and Parenting Through the Storm – Parenting Columnist, CBC Radio Parenting author Ann Douglas, a keynote speaker at CANN’s 2019 conference, shares practical and reassuring advice on how to support parents in a time of crisis. Neonatal nurses play a critical role in comforting and calming parents, helping them make sense of the increasingly restrictive rules surrounding NICU visits necessitated by the current COVID-19 pandemic. Her message is clear: relationships mean everything at a time like this. You have a powerful and unprecedented opportunity to truly ‘be the village’ for the families you serve. Ann Douglas Website: http://www.anndouglas.ca/ *Social:* Twitter + Facebook + LinkedIn + Instagram Books: Happy Parents, Happy Kids + Parenting Through the Storm + The Mother of All
Apr 4, 2020
NeoChats Episode 1: Everything You Wanted to Know About COVID-19 for the NICU But Were Afraid to Ask - Dr. Michael Narvey
*Episode One: *Everything You Wanted to Know About COVID-19 for the NICU But Were Afraid to Ask *Guest: *Michael Narvey, MD, FRCPC, FAAP Section Head, Neonatology; Medical Director of the Child Health Transport Team; Health Sciences Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba; founder, All Things Neonatal Winnipeg-based neonatologist Dr. Michael Narvey, the voice behind the well-known website All Things Neonatal, offers a clear and concise synopsis of the current (early April 2020) COVID-19 literature regarding newborns, transmission of the virus, and testing within the context of maternal and infant care. Neonatal intensive care units across Canada are facing similar challenges but responding in various ways; Dr. Narvey offers some insight to how decisions are being made in various healthcare settings and what factual information neonatal nurses should be following. Dr. Narvey’s COVID-19 resources: https://www.allthingsneonatal.com/canadian-covid-19-resources/