Featured Course: Persevering in the Face of the Opioid Epidemic: A Passion for Family Centered NAS Care

“Love their passion and thought-provoking presentation with several ideas to bring back to my unit.” – Alicia Peeples, PT, CNT

Speakers: Nichole Lensing, PT, DPT; Jennie Jacob, MSPT, CNT

Topic: Persevering in the Face of the Opioid Epidemic: A Passion for Family Centered NAS Care

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Course Description: Opioid exposure in neonates continues to be a national epidemic with significant associated hospital costs and public health implications related to family integrity and infant development. The NICU at Banner University Medical Center – Tucson (BUMC-T) has changed its model of care by utilizing the family as the primary treatment for the substance exposed infant. By keeping the family unified, we have decreased the need for postnatal opioids, reduced length of stay (LOS), decreased costs related to hospitalization, and decreased foster care placements and its strain on public resources. The program at BUMC-T, called Family Centered NAS Care (FC-NAS), was based on Yale New Haven’s Eat Sleep Console NAS program. Families stay with the infant and provide all care, with support and education provided by the NICU team.

Changing the culture of the NICU to support a family in transition is instrumental to success. The FC-NAS program identifies families as early in pregnancy as possible, works closely with community partners to ensure a successful and safe transition home, and continues developmental assessment in follow up clinic through the age of 3.

Updates cover: program development, cost savings, community continuity and outreach, as well as outcomes. There is also a focus on the importance of treating each family in our care independently and individually, without bias and judgment, to more successfully meet their needs.

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

Level: Intermediate

CE Credit: OT, SLP, PT – 0.5 hours

Fee: $37 or Free for NANT Members


  1. Identify opportunities for program development of a family centered NAS care program in other units.
  2. Describe the benefits of keeping families unified for positive long-term outcomes.
  3. List current biases and changes needed in hospital culture to support families in transition to allow for individualized care.

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

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“I found this presentation to be highly relevant. I was able to bring clinical information about what works and what doesn’t to our medical director/neo and it was well received.” – Kristen Groot, PT

“So glad we are changing the culture in this area! Love the “Eat, Sleep, Console” method and how involved the parents were.” – Paula Kline, OTR, CIMI


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