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Hello CoANN Members!


Hello CoCANN Members!  Hope we will see many of you at the NANN National Conference in Palm Springs in October.  We will have a CoCANN booth this year at the conference to recruit new members and spread the word about our new scholarship program!  We would like to have a poster at our booth with photos of our members.  If you have a picture or two you are willing to share, please send to  And let us know if you have any spare time at

the conference to assist in the booth.  Thanks and see you in October !!


CoCANN Board of Officers 2016

Laura Klee- President

CynthiaTriana- President-Elect

Anne Gleeson- Treasurer

Pat Rhoades-Secretary

Conference Scholarships

CoCANN is pleased to announce the availability of 4 conference scholarships to the 32nd annual NANN Conference in Palm SpringsOctober 26-29.  Starting now, we will be accepting applications for these scholarships.  If you are interested, please reply to me at by July 22.  Our current CoCANN Board will award the scholarships and I will communicate the decisions by August 15.  Please include CoCANN activities with which you have been involved in the last year.  Please only apply for one of these scholarship if you are sure you will be able to attend.  Late cancellations have resulted in financial loss for the chapter.  The scholarship, once awarded, is not transferable.  Thanks, and good luck!!


President – Elect

Cynthia “Nikki” Triana

Cynthia “Nikki” Triana is a staff RNII at CHLA in the Newborn and Infant Critical Care department.  She graduated from Riverside Community College with her ADN in 2008. She started her NICU career at Pomona Valley Hospital before coming to CHLA. Currently Cynthia sits on multiple unit based committees at CHLA including the Resuscitation Committee and Developmental Committee.  She is currently attending WGU for her BSN and plans on obtaining her MSN to become a nurse educator.


Patricia Rhoades BSN, RNC-NIC

P.RhoadesI have been a nurse for 33 years this month, and first started in the NICU nurse  29 years ago.  I worked for 11 years at St. Mary Medical Center in the NICU, then took a brief time away from the NICU to work in the CTICU at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.  I returned to St. Mary’s after that for another five years where I was a supervisor in the NICU, then became the director of Children’s Services (NICU, PICU and Peds).  I left St. Mary’s in 2005 to go to Fountain Valley Regional for 1 year until 2006.  After my one year there, I came to Miller Children and Women’s Hospital in summer of 2006.  My current position is Parent Education Coordinator in the NICU.





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