11th Annual Maternal-Neonatal Nursing Symposium: Evidence-Based Updates for Optimal Mother and Infant Care

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Target Audience

Maternal and neonatal nurses, including RNs, LPNs, Nurse Practitioners, and Certified Nurse Midwives


Join us again as we celebrate perinatal nursing with our 11th Annual Maternal-Neonatal Nursing Symposium.
This year's conference will include a potpourri of hot topics in the maternal and neonatal nursing specialties.

Featuring Closing Keynote Speaker
Tawana Williams, “The Hope Coach”

Tawana WilliamsTawana was born without arms & impaired use of her legs. She’s an Award winning Keynote Motivational Speaker, TV Personality, Author, Artist, Mother, Wife, Advocate, Vocalist, Mentor, Executive Producer, Businesswoman, Humanitarian & CEO. She’s a highly sought after speaker with a powerful and uplifting message for all generations. Her compelling story is one of Triumph, Perseverance and Determination. She’s overcome many obstacles and has never let her disability stop her. Tawana has many gifts and accomplishments. She’s the author of five books including her Best Seller “UNarmed But Dangerous,” her personal testimony and will be featured as her Debut Movie in Theaters coming soon! Tawana’s Mission is to give Hope & Inspiration to those facing adversities and challenges while teaching them how to cope in any situation.

Topics and Speakers
Diabetes Management in Pregnancy
Shannon Hopson, DO, CaroMont Health Endocrinology Associates

Antibiotic Stewardship and Neonatal Sepsis
Susan Gutierrez, Perinatal Quality Collaborative of North Carolina (PQCNC)
Kathy Shaffer, MSN, RNC-MNN, Carolinas HealthCare System

Mental Health Disorders and Their Perinatal Effects
Christena Raines, RN, MSN, APRN-BC, UNC Health

Alternative Therapies for Pain Management
Facilitator: Frieda L Norris MPH, BSN, FACCE, LCCE, CIMI, CaroMont Health
Anesthesia: The Use of Nerve Blocks in Labor
Pharmacy: New TJC standards and Non-Opioid Pain Regimen- Connie Street, PharmD, CaroMont Health
Nursing: Implementation of the Pain Coping Scale- Donna Gunter, BSN, RNC-OB, Clinical Nurse Manager, CaroMont Health

Break-out Sessions
Nursing Care in Maternal Emergencies
Christina Westveer, MSN, RNC-MNN, Carolinas HealthCare System Northeast
Nursing Care in Neonatal Emergencies
Dana Wilson, NNP, CaroMont Health

Closing Keynote: No More Excuses! Principles and Strategies for Positive Living
Tawana Williams, “The Hope Coach”

CaroMont Regional Medical Center
2525 Court Drive
Gastonia, NC 28054
Please park in Visitors' Parking Deck and use hospital entrance adjacent to parking deck.
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Course Outcome
After this conference, participants will be able to discuss evidence-based nursing practice that will enhance the nursing care of mothers and babies.


  • Outline key strategies for management of diabetes during pregnancy
  • Describe findings and recommendations from the PQCNC for the reduction of neonatal sepsis
  • Outline steps for implementing strategies for reducing sepsis in the NICU Setting
  • Discuss common mental health disorders, their treatment, and their impact on pregnancy and post partem
  • Discuss alternative pain management therapies that may be useful during labor and delivery
  • Outline management and nursing care for maternal and neonatal patients with medical emergencies
  • Describe at least one technique for maintaining a positive attitude during difficult times


Rachel Ford, CHES


Mar 15, 2018
8:30 AM - 4:15 PM
Check-In Time
8:00 AM
0.60 - CEU
6.00 - Contact Hours
6.00 - CNE Contact Hours
CaroMont Regional Medical Center
Mar 15, 2018
8:30 AM - 4:15 PM
CaroMont Regional Medical Center
Registration; Light breakfast and lunch provided
Group rate for 3 or more CaroMont employees (Special code required)
CNE Contact Hours
Contact Hours