COINN 9th International Conference “ONE-One Passion, One Vision, One World” just finished


COINN 2016, the 9th International Council of International Neonatal Nurses Conference “ONE-One Passion, One Vision, One World” just finished!  What a wonderful educational and cultural experience! Thank you to the Canadian Association of Neonatal Nurses (CANN), Co-Chairs Debbie Aylward, MScN, RN(Past President CANN) & Karen Lasby, MN, RN (President, CANN) and the Secretariat Anne Chartrand for an absolutely fantastic experience in the beautiful city of Vancouver. We also want to thank the planning committee Debbie Aylward, MScN, RN, Karen Lasby, MN, RN, Debbie Fraser, MN, RNC-NIC, Denise Harrison, PhD, RN, NNP, FAAN, Lenora Marcellus, PhD, RN, Karen New, PhD, RN, and Shahirose S. Premji, PhD, RN, BSc, BScN, MScN.

Over 400 nurses from 18 countries participated.  Three pre-conference workshops were held:  “Research Networking:  Networking Research” (Dr. Deborah Harris and Kaye Spence); International Volunteer Opportunities:  Developing Clinical Capacity and Improving Newborn Outcomes” (Drs. Michael Grosspietch and Karen New); and “Care of the Extremely Low Gestational Age Newborn (ELGAN)” (Brenda Hewitt and Doris Sawatzky-Dickson).  The Opening ceremony featured the President of the International Council of Nurses (ICN) Dr. Judith Shamian with “Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health” followed by Mary Couglin’s “Touch a Life, Impact a Lifetime: Trauma-informed Care in the NICU”.

Day two started with two general sessions: “Nurturing the Premature Infant and the Family during Early Feedings” (Dr. Erin Sundseth Ross) and “Maternally-led Intervetions to Reduce Pain in Newborns-Evidence and Implementation”  (Dr. Marsha Campbell-Yeo).  In the afternoon following concurrent sessions two more plenaries offered: “Global Challenges for Newborn Health Post 2015” (Drs. Linda S. Franck, Karen New, Shahirose S. Premji, and Karen Walker) and “Exclusive Human Milk Diet for Very-low-birthweight Newborns” (Dr. Alan Lucas).

Day three continued with plenaries on hot topics:  “100% Human Milk Diet-Practical Aspects of Meeting the Challenge of Infant Nutrition in the NICU” (Dr. Melina J. Elliott and sponsored by Prolacta); “Nursing-led Strategies to Enhance the Partnership between Parents and Their Baby’s Care Team” (Dr. Linda S. Franck); “The Evolution of Ethical Challenges in the NICU:  Past, Present, and Future” (Dr. Connie Williams); “Mission Possible-Putting Neonatal pain Knowledge into Action” (Drs. Marsha Campbell-Yeo, Linda S. Franck, Denise Harrison, and Bonnie Stevens); and “Respiratory Stabilization at Birth and Current Research” (Dr. Georg M. Schomölzer).

Day four started with an industry sponsored symposium by ABBVIE “Descreasing the Risk of RSV Disease; The Importance of Family Integrated Care-a Nurse’s Perective” (by Marianne Bracht and Ann Mock) followed by “Brain Development in the Newborn:  The Importance of the Everyday” (Dr. Steven Paul Miller).  The closing session “One Passion, One Vision, One World-Global Nursing as ONE” featured Drs. Anthony Mark Costello (WHO) and Carole Kenner (COINN).

The 85 concurrent sessions featured nurses, parents, physicians, and policy-makers from more than 10 countries. The themes were Collaborate, Intervene, Discover, Nourish, and Educate.  A few of these focused on Interprofessional Simulation and Patient Safety, The Neo-BFHI-Baby Friendly Initiative, Sustaining Family Integrated Care, Research on Relationship Centered Care, Stress in the NICU, Kangaroo Care, pain prevention, assessment, and management.  Three workshops included “Successfully Navigating Parent Landmines in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit” (Deb Discenza), “Antibiotic Stewardship:  An Essential Step in Neonatal Care” (Deb Fraser), and “The Every Newborn Action Plan (ENAP):  A Platform for Neonatal Nursing (Anthony Costello, Sarah Moxon, Mary Kinney, Karen New, Olive Cocoman, and Joy Lawn).

Posters sessions were spectacular! They featured seasoned neonatal nurses and students.  Sixty-five posters highlighted integrating new graduate into the NICU, Handling Patient Data, PIV (Peripheral Intravenous Catheter) line insertion, Discharge Planning Guide, Safe Sleep Practices, Improving End-of-Life Care, just to give a few examples.

International Neonatal Nursing Excellence Awards

Mary Kinney (Senior Specialist, Global Evidence & Advocacy, from Saving Newborn Lives and Save the Children), Doug McMillian, MD (International Paediatric Association), Karen New (President of COINN) presented the International Neonatal Nursing Excellence awards.  This year the awardees were Nigerian nurse Adeyemo Abass Kola and Vietnamese nurse Nguyen Thi Minh Hong who were selected from nominees from more than 14 countries. These awards recognize nursing champions in low resourced countries.

Watch the stories of our winners and read about them more at the Healthy Newborn Network, an an initiative of the Saving Newborn Lives program, Save the Children.

Nguyen Thi Minh Hong (Viet Nam) – Read about Ms. Hong more at the Healthy Newborn Network website


Adeyemo Abass Kola (Nigeria) – Read about Mr. Kola more at the Healthy Newborn Network website

Previous winners of this Save the Children, Saving Newborn Lives and COINN awards worked in Ghana, India, Kenya, and Malawi.  Please see for their stories.

COINN Election

COINN held its annual general membership meeting as part of this conference.  Three COINN board members left the board – Ruth Davidge, RN from South Africa, Denise Evans, BSc, RN, RM from the United Kingdom, and Annie Marshall, BSN, RN from New Zealand. These dedicated nurses worked tirelessly to promote neonatal nursing globally.  Other board changes:  Karen New, PhD, RN moved from President to Secretary; Carole Kenner, PhD, RN, NNP, FAAN move from Secretary to President; and we welcomed new board members – Andreia Cascaes Cruz, PhD, RN (Brazil), Andre Ndayambaje, BS, RN (Rwanda), Carin Maree, PhD, RN, (South Africa), Julia Petty, MA, MSc, BSc, RN, (United Kingdom), and Geralyn Sue Prullage, DNP, APN, NNP/PNP-BC (United States). These nurses will join the continuing board members: Karen Walker, PhD, RN, Vice President (Australia), Debbie O’Donoghue, RN, Treasurer (New Zealand), Marina Boykova, PhD, RN (Russia), Agnes van den Hoogen, PhD, RN (The Netherlands), and Karen Lasby, MN, RN (Canada).

COINN 2019 conference

If you missed this exciting conference, your next chance is in Auckland, New Zealand in May, 2019.  Please follow the COINN 2019 website for more details –