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November December 2010 News of the Academy

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Our conferences are growing! Fourteen hundred nurses attended the 10th National Neonatal Nurses Conference and the 13th National Mother Baby Nurses Conference. Attendees began each morning with a tranquil ferry ride across the Savannah River in anticipation of learning, networking, and seeing friends…and family! Eight family members of Rodney Koehler, RN, flew in and surprised him to be present for his Excellence in Neonatal Nursing Practice Award presentation. Rod and his family danced the night away on one of the two "filled to capacity" river boatcruises. Imagine…500 neonatal nurses grooving to the music along the Savannah River! The Lady and Son's restaurant was a hit as well, with 300 nurses taking part in Paula Deen's dining experience. Check out some of the raffle prizes at the 10th anniversary celebration: Acer Netbook, Kindle, Flip Video camera, Nikon camera, Academy membership, and $50 Visa gift card. All monies collected from the sale of raffle tickets went to the Florence Nightingale International Foundation (FNIF), Girl Child Education Fund and the Greenbriar Children's Center (GCC) in Savannah. FNIF was chosen in acknowledgement of 2010 being designated "The Year of the Nurse." Monies were donated to this same fund from the sale of raffle tickets at the 7th National Advanced Practice Neonatal Nurses Conference in San Francisco at the beginning of this year. GCC provides services that promote the healthy development of children and the strengthening of families. Photos from the conferences can be seen on page 384 and on the Academy of Neonatal Nursing's website,

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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: November 1, 2010

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