Nursing Continuing Education

Nursing Education

Valley Children's Hospital leads and participates in nursing education initiatives throughout the region. These include support for local nursing schools as well as training programs for partner hospitals. Valley Children’s evaluates programs on an ongoing basis and new opportunities will be added to this page as they become available.

Neonatal Outreach Education

The Neonatal Outreach Education Program at Valley Children’s Hospital is designed to serve the educational needs of the region’s health care professionals related to neonatal care.

The Neonatal Outreach Education Program offers the following provisions including:

  • Professional consultation in development, review, and revision of neonatal standards, protocols, policies, and procedures
  • Guidelines for maternal/fetal and neonatal consultation
  • Guidelines for referral and/or transport for hospitals providing basic, intermediate-level, and community –level neonatal intensive care
  • Provision of medical, nursing, and/or ancillary staff in-service education with topics jointly selected
  • Annual review of neonatal patient data & outcomes
  • Customer service assessment

2020 Outreach Education Program Resource Catalog

Click here to view the 2020 Outreach Education Program Resource Catalog

Program Goals

Assess neonatal educational needs of area hospitals
Develop individualized curriculum programs based on educational needs assessment
Educate healthcare professionals in comprehensive neonatal care


S.T.A.B.L.E.: Pre-Transport Stabilization Program

The S.T.A.B.L.E. Program is a widely accepted neonatal post-resuscitation/pre-transport stabilization educational and clinical tool. “S.T.A.B.L.E.” stands for the six assessment parameters covered in the program: Sugar & Safe Care, Temperature, Airway, Blood Pressure, Lab Work, and Emotional Support for the family. S.T.A.B.L.E. is considered by neonatal educators and leaders in neonatology to be the follow-up, complementary program to the American Academy of Pediatrics/American Heart Association Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP).

S.T.A.B.L.E.: Cardiac Module

The S.T.A.B.L.E. Cardiac Module provides general guidelines for the assessment and stabilization of neonates with suspected congenital heart disease (CHD). Prompt, effective, appropriate care of neonates with severe CHD can reduce secondary organ damage in short and long-term outcomes and reduce morbidity and mortality. This course is beneficial for any neonatal or pediatric healthcare provider (physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists) who must identify and care for neonates or infants with congenital heart disease.

Neonatal Resuscitation Program

The Neonatal Resuscitation Program is designed to teach an evidence-based approach to resuscitation of the newborn. The causes, prevention, and management of mild to severe neonatal asphyxia are carefully explained so that health professionals may develop optimal knowledge and skill in resuscitation.

Neonatal Simulation: SimNewB

Valley Children's is excited to offer high-fidelity simulation training with SimNewB! This is the first neonatal simulator of its kind and its realistic traits and lifelike responses make it the most emotionally engaging patient simulator of all. SimNewB is designed to meet the training requirements of neonatal emergency medicine and resuscitation courses and is the most authentic and comprehensive simulation solution in its field. SimNewB helps improve team dynamics, builds confidence and facilitates practice in a risk-free environment. Utilizing SimNewB for multidisciplinary simulation based training allows healthcare providers to improve communication, refine critical thinking skills, and ultimately help improve neonatal patient outcomes.

Newborn Physical Exam

This course provides an in-depth review of the physical exam and gestational age assessment of newborns. Highly visual with more than 200 beautifully created and animated PowerPoint slides to help neonatal caregivers learn everything from Ballard gestational age assessment to a head-to-toe physical examination and immediate stabilization of neonates with various surgical, cardiac, and medical conditions including omphalocele, gastroschisis, tracheoesophageal fistula, midgut volvulus, coarctation of the aorta, subgaleal hemorrhage, and more.

Physician Lectures / Neonatal Transport Review

We are pleased to offer the following educational activities to our primary care, pediatrician and obstetrician physicians in the region. This includes educational chart reviews focusing on the neonatal stabilization care and subsequent hospital course given to neonates transferred from your institution to Valley Children’s NICU.

Clinical Practice Consultations

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Valley Children's Hospital is dedicated to the education and success of our referring and community hospitals and healthcare facilities. The vision of our Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist team is to partner in consultation on clinical and professional practice issues to ensure the best possible outcomes for our neonatal population. Upon request, specific consultations can be designed to meet the needs of your facility.

Neonatal Morbidity and Mortality Conferences

Valley Children’s Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit presents quarterly Morbidity and Mortality (M&M) Conferences. These conferences are designed to educate physicians, registered nurses, respiratory therapists, and other healthcare professionals about topics related to mortality and morbidity of the neonatal population. No registration or fees required to attend these conferences.

Neonatal Therapeutic Hypothermia Program

Valley Children's Hospital now offers Therapeutic Hypothermia treatment for infants who meet criteria that are suspected of having moderate to severe Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE). This therapy involves body cooling to 33.5°C for 72 hours.

HIE can be a serious brain dysfunction that may present shortly after birth. Recent studies have shown that when therapeutic hypothermia is initiated within 6 hours of birth, the incidence of death or severe disability is reduced.

Delivery Room Standardization

This course is a two hour program designed to complement both the Neonatal Resuscitation program and the S.T.A.B.L.E. program. The course is composed of both didactic and hands-on simulation using the SimNewB baby. The program emphasizes the critical processes required for team performance.

Neonatal and Pediatric Cardiac Class

This class emphasizes assessment and care of the neonate and pediatric post-cardiac surgery.  General guidelines for assessment, stabilization, and management of post-cardiac surgery will be presented.  


Neonatal Outreach Education