Tenth Annual Neonatal Nursing Conference
From A (Arrhythmia) to Z (Zika) and Everything in Between


Today’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit encompasses a wide variety of specialized diseases, conditions and treatment for our unique patient population. Our conference goal is to keep nursing care relevant and compassionate. We will present researched based information of neonatal cardiac arrhythmias and will discuss the controversy when to transfuse in the NICU. The conference will discuss engaging topics such as the ethical dilemma of end of life care for the NICU patient and human trafficking as it presents in Labor and Delivery. Please join us for a day designed for the exchange of ideas to support best practice and thought provoking topics from A –Z.


  • March 24, 2017


Lerner Research Institute
Room: NA5-08
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195


Faculty, Agenda & Accreditation

Faculty, Agenda & Accreditation


Conference Speakers

  • Peter Aziz, MD
    Pediatric Cardiology, Cleveland Clinic
  • Sarah Barsman, RN, MSN, CNP
    Neonatology, Cleveland Clinic
  • Vladimir Burdjalov, MD
    Neonatology, Cleveland Clinic
  • Laura Gaertner, RN
    Forensic Nursing Services, SANE Coordinator, Cleveland Clinic
  • Oluwatosin Goje, MD
    Obstetrics and Gynocology, Cleveland Clinic
  • Judith Meyer, RN, CPN
    Hemotology/Oncology, Cleveland Clinic
  • Carmela Lopiccolo RN, MSN, CNP
    Neonatology, Cleveland Clinic


Friday, March 24, 2017
7:30 a.m. - 8 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
8:15 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Zika Virus
Oluwatosin Goje, MD
Obstetrics and Gynocology
Cleveland Clinic
9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Recognizing Human Trafficing in Our Population
Laura Gaertner, RN
Forensic Nursing Services, SANE Coordinator
Cleveland Clinic
10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. End of Life Care
Sarah Barsman, RN, MSN, CNP
Cleveland Clinic
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Neonatal Arrythmias: Pathophysiology, Presentation and Treatment
Peter Aziz, MD
Pediatric Cardiology
Cleveland Clinic
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Helping the NICU graduate Achieve their Greatest Potential
Carmela Lopiccolo, RN, MSN, CNP
Cleveland Clinic
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Self Care of the Care Giver: Reducing Stess, Preventing Errors and Promoting Happiness at Work
Judith Meyer, RN, CPN
Cleveland Clinic
3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Break
3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. When to Transfuse in the NICU
Vladimir Burdjalov, MD
Cleveland Clinic
4:45 p.m. - 5 p.m. Evaluations and Closing Remarks


Contact hours will be awarded.

Cleveland Clinic Enterprise is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.



  • The dealine for registration is March 3, 2017
  • Cost of conference includes: breakfast, lunch, snacks, parking validation and conference materials.
  • Registration money cannot be refunded.
  • For questions about registration, email Mary Beth Sevastos at sevastm@ccf.org.
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Conference Fees Rates
All Attendees $85

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