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Special Topic Course: Everything We Do Matters! Care of the Neonatal Brain

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Speaker: Dr. Jacqueline M. McGrath, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAAN

Topic: Everything We Do Matters! Care of the Neonatal Brain

Course Description: Dr. McGrath explores the patterns of brain development that occur in early development, links those patterns of brain development with neonatal behavior in the NICU and identifies strategies that are neuroprotective to the preterm brain in the NICU.

Speaker Bio: Jacqueline McGrath, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAAN
Dr. Jacqueline M. McGrath has recently been appointed the Thelma and Joe Crow Endowed Professor and Vice Dean of Faculty Excellence at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, School of Nursing. In this role, she provides leadership and mentorship to optimize faculty excellence and success.

Research foci include integration of family-centered and developmentally supportive caregiving with premature infants and their families in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). More specifically, her work has focused on preterm infants’ oral feeding readiness, preterm infant touch and massage and optimizing parent engagement to increase parent self-management skills. She has published more than 150 peer-reviewed articles in both research and practice journals. Since 2014, Dr. McGrath has been the Co-Editor for Advances in Neonatal Care the journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN). In 2017, she received the NANN Lifetime Achievement Award for her commitment to excellence in neonatal nursing. In 2007, Dr. McGrath became a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. She received her BSN from the University of Akron; MSN from Kent State University in parent-child nursing; both a post-masters certificate as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. McGrath is an excellent mentor and teacher; she believes true leadership is seeing the brilliance in other people.

0–5 min: Introduction – What is Neuroprotection?
5–20 min: Basics of neurodevelopment
20–50 min: Critical periods of development
50-70 min: Discuss intervention strategies for trauma-informed care

Dr. Jacqueline M. McGrath, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAAN
Financial disclosures: Stipend received for co-editor for Developmental Care of Newborns and Infants: a guide for health professionals. Stipend received for co-editor; Advances in Neonatal Care – Journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses.

Nonfinancial disclosures: No relevant disclosures.
Conflict of Interest: There is no conflict of interest for anyone with the ability to control content for this activity.

Target Audience: OT, SLP, PT, RN, and Neonatal professionals

Level: Intermediate


  1. Explore the patterns of brain development that occur in early development.
  2. Link the patterns of brain development with neonatal behavior in the NICU.
  3. Identify strategies that are neuroprotective to the preterm brain in the NICU.

Instructional Method: Recorded webinar with handouts. Learning assessment and course evaluation follow course.

Course Completion Requirements: The learner must view the entire webinar, complete the course evaluation and complete the post webinar learning assessment with at least 80% to receive education credit. Login and logout times will be recorded and documented.
Following completion of this course physical therapists, nurses and other disciplines will receive a certificate of completion and a zip file containing information necessary to submit to their individual state for education credit. Zip file will include course bibliography. Physical therapists are responsible for knowing and adhering to their state’s deadlines, rules and regulations.

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Continuing Education Information


AOTA CEUs: National Association of Neonatal Therapists® (NANT) is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. This Distance-Learning Independent Course is offered at 0.1 CEUs (Intermediate level, Occupational Therapy Service Delivery). AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.

ASHA CEUs: Learners must complete the entire course in order to receive ASHA CEUs. No partial credit awarded. ASHA CE Provider approval and use of the Brand Block does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products or clinical procedures.
ASHA CE Registry users: NANT will submit your ASHA CEU credit to ASHA on your behalf. ASHA CEUs may take up to 100 days to appear on your ASHA Transcript.

Non-ASHA CE Registry users: Maintain your course records and please keep your registry status current in your NANT account. Update your NANT account with your ASHA number if your registry status changes. NANT is not responsible for tracking your registry usage.

PT CE Credit: This activity has been approved by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 1.25 CCUs for PTs and PTAs.

NANT is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapy and physical therapist assistant continuing education.

Questions regarding CE credit should be directed to the National Association of Neonatal Therapists at or (866) 999-5524.

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