Academy of Maternal-Newborn Nursing - Cone Health - Greensboro, NC

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Academy of Maternal-Newborn Nursing

The Academy of Maternal-Newborn Nursing is a program to support new graduate nurses as they become competent maternal-newborn care givers. More than an orientation program, the academy uses interactive learning strategies, core curriculum classes, and a variety of clinical experiences to improve the nurse’s assessment and critical-thinking skills.

Who Will Participate?

New graduate registered nurses who are interested in working in a Maternal Newborn department such as Birthing Suites (Labor and Delivery), Antepartum/High Risk, Maternity Admissions Unit (similar to an OB/GYN Emergency Department), Mother-Baby (Post-Partum) and Central Nursery and NICU( Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) at Cone Health Women’s Hospital or Alamance Regional Medical Center will be hired into the Academy of Maternal Newborn Nursing.

How does the academy work?

You will be provided a start date once you are accepted into the program.

  • Most weeks include 24-32 hours of clinical time and 4-12 hours of academy activities for a total of 36 hours per week.
  • Core classes in fetal monitoring, care of the low- and high-risk laboring family and newborn, breastfeeding support, diabetes in the perinatal period, and other content provide continuing education hours.
  • Each Academy nurse will rotate approximately every 3-4 weeks through the following units: Birthing Suites (Labor and Delivery), Antepartum/High Risk, Maternity Admissions Unit (similar to an OB/GYN Emergency Department), Mother-Baby (Post-Partum) and Central Nursery and NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit), all located at Cone Health Women’s Hospital or Alamance Regional Medical Center
  • Shadowing experiences in areas of interest to the new graduate nurse are provided to enhance the academy experience, such as Lactation Support, High Risk OB Clinic. The Academy nurses will have limited experience in the operative area regarding care of their patient going to the OR and recovering afterward.
  • Academy participants will complete certification in the Neonatal Resuscitation Program.
  • Academy nurses work with a specially trained coach during each clinical rotation that will encourage and challenge the new grads to grow in their understanding of not only maternal newborn nursing but the area in relation to the Cone Health System values and beliefs.
  • Ongoing support continues through the second phase of the academy by way of monthly workshops on professionalism and paid time away from the hospital engaging in fun and rejuvenating activities with peers and a mentor leader.

What happens at the end of the academy?

Nurses completing the Academy of Maternal-Newborn Nursing will apply to the maternal-newborn department of their choice and will proceed through the standard interview process. Academy nurses will begin their careers with a strong background in all areas that pertain to inpatient obstetrical and newborn care.