Your VON Newsletter
VON Members' Dedication and Achievements on Display at the 2019 Annual Quality Congress
After 30 years of data collection through VON, members of the network should be proud of the improvement we have made in clinical outcomes. The call to action from Jeffrey Horbar, MD, VON’s chief executive and scientific officer, at the 2019 Annual Quality Congress was to expand our community’s power of improvement beyond the NICU walls.
Our Health Equity Learning Community launching in 2020 will build on the 62 practical interventions we recently proposed and help teams build the knowledge and skills needed to address inequality in newborn care.
Content from the 2019 Annual Quality Congress will available for all VON members through our new online portal soon. Our sincere thanks to all the teams and individuals who were able to join us in person this year.
VON Data and Evidence-based Toolkits Drive Improvement of Process, Outcomes, and Better Experiences for Families and Staff
Teams in our internet-based quality improvement collaborative (iNICQ) have worked to improve admission temperature, reduce unnecessary NICU admissions, decrease transport departure time, standardize discharge processes, and improve clinical outcomes during transitions of care.
See how one team worked with referring hospitals to standardize communications and care during transport to improve respiratory, nutritional, and developmental outcomes in <32 week neonates in this case study.
Next year, teams participating in our Critical Transitions collaborative will work to improve care for all newborns by applying potentially better practices related to teamwork, family partnership, standardization, and communication.
Teams that are new to Experience-Based Co-Design will learn from expert faculty and teams that have successfully implemented the methodology.
Improving VON Online
We are excited to deliver an improved online experience for VON members later this month!
The upgrade includes a streamlined login path for all VON services, an overhaul of Nightingale Reporting, and collected resources in VON libraries, which include Cochrane Neonatal reviews, NICU by the Numbers data briefs, VON research, and an Improvement Library of content from past conferences and QI collaboratives.
Thank You for Supporting Our Nursing Colleagues in Ethiopia!
Thank you to the many generous members of our community who have contributed to support the first Advanced Practice Neonatal Nursing Masters program in Ethiopia. The 18 future leaders enrolled in this program fill an important gap vital to improving care and outcomes.
We are about halfway to our fundraising goal! Please join us in supporting our Ethiopian nursing colleagues.
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