March 24, 2023 | Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts | Joyce Cummings Conference Center 

10:30 a.m-Noon – Pre-Conference Leadership Summit
12:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. – Main Conference 

Conference Objective

To bring together neonatal clinicians in a community of learning and laughter. 

Event Highlights

NEANN’s Annual Conference begins and ends with a nurse-humorist and nationally-known speaker, focused on moving us forward with laughter and compassion. Clinical lectures highlight several unique and innovative new practices in neonatal care from regional experts. The vendor hall will provide an opportunity to see the latest and greatest in neonatal equipment, technology and educational advancement.

The unique timing of this event, from afternoon into evening, allows for an enjoyable dinner and libations while creating an atmosphere where relaxation and laughter may rule! Prepare to meet NICU leaders, difference-makers and amazing nurses from all over New England, share ideas, and learn new practices from one another. Partner this conference with a night away with your “work family” as a treat for yourself. You deserve it! 

While the in-person experience is highly recommended, virtual attendance is available for those unable to make the trip to Boston. 


Those interested in care of infants, their families and one another. This includes nurses, nurse practitioners, speech therapists, managers, directors, music therapists, scientists, faculty, students, lactation consultants, clinical specialists, educators and occupational therapists.

Pre-Conference Leadership Summit

10:30 a.m.-Noon 

NEANN invites all formal and informal leaders (yes, that’s you!) to come together to engage in rich dialogue with one another. The summit is an extension of the Leadership Collaborative and is an add-on event to kick off the day. 

Be prepared to talk with NICU leaders from hospitals all over New England. Don’t be shy — we believe that we are “better together,” learning, sharing and creating new ways to make a positive impact and engage our teams. Each voice adds a new perspective and dimension. This event features light refreshments and will be led by NEANN President Deanna Hill, MSN, RNC-NIC, NPD-BC; and Executive Board Member Megan Flynn, MSN, RNC-NIC, CNL, C-ELBW. Join us! 

Outreach Initiative

NEANN is seeking your support for St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children, a multi-service organization in Boston which believes that shelter is not enough to erase the devastation of cyclical poverty and homelessness. St. Mary’s empowers families with tools to support emotional well-being, economic stability through education and workforce development, and permanent housing.

If you feel moved by this mission, we encourage you to visit the shelter’s Amazon wish list. This list includes everything from children’s books and toothbrushes to blankets and clothing. When purchasing an item please have it delivered to YOU, not the shelter. NEANN’s Outreach Committee will be bringing the full donation to the shelter during our time in Boston. For more information about the center, click here.



Friday, March 24, 2023 | 12:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Main Conference Registration & Welcome Reception in Vendor Hall
(light hors d’oeuvres & beverages served)

1:30 p.m.-1:45 p.m.
Welcome Remarks

1:45 p.m.-2:45 p.m.
Self-Full…It’s All About You!
Donna Wright, MSN, RN, NPD-BC

2:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m.
The Neurobiology of Music Therapy in Neonatal Care, from Research to Applied Clinical Practice
Nicole O’Malley MA, MT-BC, NMT/F, LPMT
Susan Bakouros, MA, MT-BC
Mark Fuller Jr. MPH, MT-BC

3:45 p.m.-4:15 p.m.

4:15 p.m.-5:15 p.m.
Evolution of Treatment Options for Children with Long-Gap Esophageal Atresia
Benjamin Zendejas-Mummert, MD, MSc

5:15 p.m.-6:15 p.m.
Reception in Vendor Hall
(cash bar, hors d’oeuvres)

6:15 p.m.-7:15 p.m.
Dinner, NEANN Business Meeting & Scholarship Awards

7:15 p.m.-8:15 p.m.
Assessment Tools and Diagnostic Assays for Oral Feeding Readiness in the Newborn
Jill L. Maron, MD, MPH

8:15 p.m.-9:15 p.m.
How to Prevent Hardening of the Attitude: Health, Healing and Humor
Donna Wright, MS, RN, NPD-BC

9:15 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Closing Remarks


The organization has chosen not to reserve a specific block of rooms, as discount travel sites now offer more inexpensive options. NEANN recommends making reservations early.

Medford/ Assembly Row Hotels
Assembly Row is an eccentric dining, entertainment and shopping hot spot located right on the water. It is a great alternative to downtown Boston if you are seeking an inexpensive-yet-still-fun option. It is located just north of Boston and is an easy drive/Uber to Tufts because it does not enter the city.

Downtown Hotels
Look for locations close to the Green Line for direct transportation to Lechmere/Cambridge, Copley Square, Government Center, North Station and more.



If you’re local to the Boston metro area, the Joyce Cummings Center sits adjacent to the new MBTA Green Line subway station aptly named, “Tufts.”

Parking is available in the lot directly across the street from the Joyce Cummings Center.


This nursing continuing professional development activity has been submitted for approval for 5.0 Contact Hours by the Northeast Multistate Division Education Unit, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.