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Anne grew up on Long Island on the east coast, graduated with a BSN from Cornell School of Nursing in 1976, and started working in the NICU at Cornell-New York Hospital in NYC. After hearing about how wonderful Los Angeles was from her husband Tony, she moved to LA sight unseen on their first anniversary in 1977. She worked at Cedars Sinai in the NICU for under a year, transferred to the NICU at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in November, 1977 and has been there ever since.

In her almost 38 years in the NICCU at CHLA, she has worked in the clinical arena and earned her Clin IV designation. She was part of the ECMO team, and is also a PALS and NRP instructor. She is very involved with clinical documentation and the electronic medical record. She is presently the co-chair of the hospital wide Clinical Practice Council and is a Lead RN in the NICCU.

Anne has been a member of CoCANN since 2008. She is the daughter of a CPA, which should help to qualify her for the job of Treasurer.

CoCANN 2016 Agenda

CoCANN 2016 Education Conference


7:30 – 8:00am – Registration

8:00 – 8:10am – Opening Remarks by CoCANN President Heather Goodall!!!!

8:10 – 9:25am – Genomics 101: An Ovewrview from Scientific Bench to NICU Bedside – Valerie Willis

9:30 – 10:45am – aEEG – Jaime Limjoco, MD


11:00 – 12:15pm – Old Truths & New Treatments: Re-Examining Futility & Lethal Diagnoses – Brenda Barnum

LUNCH 12:15pm – 1:30pm

1:30 – 2:45pm – Cue-Based Feeding – Liz Drake, CNS

2:50 – 4:05pm – Safe Sleep – Denise Bertone, Coroner Investigator

4:15pm – 4:30pm – Elections & Final Words

Increasing Breast Milk Feeding in NICU

Increasing Breast Milk Feeding in NICU


Sandra Shead and Jean Cummings

Purpose: The benefits of breast milk feeding compared to formula feeding for preterm infants are well known. Breast milk feeding decreases rates of sepsis, retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), and hospital readmissions in the first year of life in preterm infants compared to those who received formula feeding. Additionally, researchers suggested that preterm infants who received human milk feedings demonstrated greater intelligence and neurodevelopmental outcomes compared to those fed formula. Therefore, the quality improvement project was designed to increase breast milk feeding in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).  Hospital practices associated with improved breast milk feeding include skin to skin contact (kangaroo care), early initiation of pumping when moms and babies are separated for medical reasons, and hospital support. Consequently, a bundle of interventions were implemented aimed at increasing breast milk feeding in NICU.
Description: The NICU Unit Practice Counsel was engaged to implement changes in nursing practices that support breast milk feeding. Initially, a staff survey of barriers to kangaroo care was distributed to nurses and respiratory therapists to assess knowledge, resources, and parent engagement related to kangaroo care. Common barriers that were identified included a lack of staff awareness of the benefits of kangaroo care, time-management, parent motivation, and an insufficient amount of equipment. Consequently, a greater number of reclining chairs, privacy screens, and footstools were obtained. A parent guide was distributed to NICU moms explaining the benefits of kangaroo care for moms and babies. Staff education was conducted which included the importance of breast milk feeding for preterm infants, the benefits of kangaroo care for moms and babies, the association between supportive NICU practices and breast feeding duration, and the importance of early initiation and frequency of breast pumping on breast milk production. Additionally, visually stimulating signs were posted to prompt parents to request kangaroo care. Lastly, informational posters were designed and posted in the family waiting room that explained the benefits of kangaroo care for parents and infants.
Outcomes: Implementing the bundle of interventions aimed at promoting breast milk feeding in NICU was strongly associated with an increase in exclusive human milk feeding at discharge in babies born with a birth weight less than 1500 grams, or a gestational age of less than 29 weeks.

December 12 2015 Holiday Gathering

Happy Holidays!                                                                                                              baby christmas

Come celebrate with us. All members were sent an email with details.

Holiday Brunch

Villa Sorriso




Bring your friends!!

RSVP to Nadine by December 4, 2015


Hope to see you there!