The Neonatal Nurses Association was established over 40 years ago in 1977 by Beryl Chadney, a senior nurse at the Department of Health. She selected a small group of neonatal nurses from across the country, to address the inadequacies within neonatal nursing, perceived to be a contributor to a higher than average perinatal mortality rate in the UK, in comparison to other European countries.
One factor identified as a probable cause was the poor communication between specialised units to promote and share emerging developments in a specialty industry that was very much in its infancy. A national conference organised for the following year was overwhelmingly subscribed and neonatal nurses demanded more interaction amongst themselves and specialist education. The purpose of the Neonatal Nurses Association has remained unchanged since then; a national organisation representing neonatal nurses, steered by neonatal nurses to promote neonatal nursing for the benefit of sick newborns and their families throughout the country.
NNA MEMBERSHIP OPTIONS
When joining the NNA, you no longer stand on your own having concerns with no way to voice them – you stand alongside men and women who have been serving in the industry since 1977.
With the membership, you receive the 6 issues of the Neonatal Nurses Journal, participation in the Neonatal Nurse of the Year award with a prize of £1000 to be spent on further education or research and Educational or Community SIG’s to get involved with.
£45 annually | £12.50 quarterly | £30 annually for Students or Retirees
We have 3 payment options; PayPal, Direct Debit or BACS.
KEY MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS
– Neonatal Nursing Journal
– Yearly achievement award
– Special interest groups
– Affiliation with COINN
(Council of International Neonatal Nurses)
– Reduced cost for members to the Annual Conference
– Tax relief for all payments
SOME OF THE TEAM
Within 5 years of the Neonatal Nurses Associations beginnings, there were council members representing different areas of the country, correlating local activities and feeding into the national Association, whilst Beryl Chadney was appointed the first president. Soon a small membership fee was introduced and the Association became a registered charity with a formal constitution and working arrangements.
NNA EXECUTIVE – IRELAND REPRESENTATIVE
VICE CHAIR & EDUCATION SIG
KIRSTY DE WET
SECRETARY & ANNP REPRESENTATIVE