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Lori Armstrong Elected President of National Association of Neonatal Nurses

(Dec 18, 2008)

Lori Armstrong, MS, RN, Vice President of Nursing and Patient Care Services at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, has been elected President of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) for 2008-2009. NANN was formed in 1984 to advocate and serve as the change agent for the neonatal nursing profession with the ultimate goal of improving the outcomes of patients and families. NANN also supports the professional needs of neonatal nurses throughout their careers.

NANN, the only professional organization that exclusively represents neonatal nurses, has grown to a membership of over 7,500 members. In addition, in 2008 NANN launched a division, The National Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners (NANNP), in an effort to meet the unique needs of neonatal nurse practitioners.

Ms. Armstrong, who has been a member of NANN for 15 years, has served on its Board for the past six years as a Director at Large. As President, she will lead the Executive Board, developing strategies and goals that support the entire membership and focus on improving the health and well being of infants and their families.

"We set the standard for neonatal nursing professional practice," says Ms. Armstrong. "We strive to be the voice of neonatal nursing professionals. One of the ways we do that is by setting policy and standards based on the evidence and best practices in neonatal care. We deliver education and training through various media and venues that enable nurses to stay current and informed in their practice. These include an annual conference and position statements on a range of topics, such as quality and safety and nursing staffing.

"You will see a very active NANN in 2009 as we celebrate our 25th Anniversary," adds Ms. Armstrong. "Please look for nurse practitioner legislative advocacy, as well as new position statements on the use of human milk, medication administration safety, and co-bedding."

Ms. Armstrong, who joined Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital in 2008, came from Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University Medical Center, where she served in several senior leadership roles, including Administrative Director for the Johnson Center for Pregnancy and Newborn Services.

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