7Apr

NANT Member Spotlight

By Sue Ludwig

Name: Angela Murray-Thompson

Place of Employment and/or City and State of Employment: Children’s Medical Center- Dallas TX (UT Southwestern Medical Complex)

Position: Dedicated CNT /OT – Level IV NICU

Years of Experience: 15

Specialty/Interests:

  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • Working with the micro- preemie or small baby population
  • Neonatal Feeding
  • Quality Improvement initiatives in the NICU
  • NICU research

Credentials/Certifications:

  • MS, OTR/L, CNT, NTMTC
  • Certified NOMAS Practitioner
  • NANN Designated Developmental Specialist
  • Graduate of NANT’s IGNITE Program

What do you love most about your job?

  1. Empowering families to be involved and parent, while their baby is in the NICU.
  2. Teaching and Mentoring others to support consistency of neonatal care.
  3. Providing education on evidence based neonatal interventions.

Your latest work-related project?

Incorporating Dr. Pineda’s SENSE program. I was recently asked to co-lead the NICU’s neurodevelopmental program. One of the initiatives is to focus and incorporate the SENSE (Supporting and Enhancing NICU Sensory Experiences) tool which empowers families to be directly involved in the care of their baby, while in the NICU.

You are a member of NANT because:

NANT has empowered me as an OT. I have gained NICU specific knowledge, learned about evidenced-based tools, gained NICU specific skills, and learned about ongoing NICU courses. The big reasons I am a NANT Member are to access the on-line resources and webinars and the ability to network with other NICU professionals. NANT has given me the opportunity to interact with researchers, attend conferences, specialize in the neonatal population (as a CNT) and encourage me as a clinician. I have learned through NANT the importance of working together as a NICU team, the value of NICU research, and the significance of a connected neonatal focused community.

I am thankful for this organization! NANT provides support to an area that demands specialized skills and knowledge.

Contact information if others are interested in your specialty or projects:
angela.thompson@childrens.com

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