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Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
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NorthShore University HealthSystem provides comprehensive, fully integrated healthcare to the Chicago region with a vast network of medical experts, renowned hospitals and collaborations with other prestigious medical institutions. The system includes four awa... more.
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Coordinator
Illinois Society for Advanced Practice Nursing
MSN RN APN/CNP
Newsletter - NorthShore University HealthSystem
The Associate Board of NorthShore provided critical seed funding for the ongoing research, which is being led by NorthShore Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Nancy Rodriguez, PhD, APN.
Board of Directors - Illinois Society for Advanced Practice Nursing
Program Chair:Nancy Rodriguez, CNP
Your Impact - NorthShore University HealthSystem
~ Nancy Rodriguez, PhD, APN, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
With crucial seed funding from The Associate Board of NorthShore, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Nancy Rodriguez, PhD, APN, is pioneering research at neonatal intensive care units around the country to study the safety and efficacy of drops of a mother's milk placed directly into a baby's mouth. "We are honored to support this groundbreaking research project and hope others will join us," said Emily Laipple, President of The Associate Board, whose grant enabled Dr. Rodriguez to begin the multicenter study.
Mother of triplets Janet Kashuba (left), holding daughters Frances and Jaclyn, was pleased to participate in Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Nancy Rodriguez's research on the benefits of mother's milk.
Rodriguez, a PhD-level nurse, is holding Kashuba's third daughter Felicia. When extremely premature infants are born today, neonatal intensive care units help these smallest babies fight for their lives with an array of specialized machines and equipment. Researchers at NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) have added another life-saving intervention, one that is in simple contrast: milk drops from Mom. With crucial seed funding from The Associate Board of NorthShore, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Nancy Rodriguez, PhD, APN, is pioneering research at five neonatal intensive care units across the country to study the safety and efficacy of drops of mother's milk placed directly into a baby's mouth. "Because the swallowing reflex is not well-developed until 32 weeks, extremely premature babies typically receive milk feedings directly into their stomach through a tube, bypassing their mouth," explained Dr. Rodriguez, the principal investigator. By studying the immune response of orally administered mother's milk, researchers will evaluate whether this intervention offers increased protection from infection, and potentially increases survival. "The milk expressed by mothers of extremely premature infants is highly concentrated in protective biofactors, including antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agents, especially during the infant's first days of life," she added. "We are honored to support this groundbreaking research project and hope others will join us," said Emily Laipple, Former President of The Associate Board, whose grant enabled Dr. Rodriguez to begin the multicenter study. "Initial seed funding is a crucial stepping stone because it gives researchers the opportunity to launch their work and to attract other funding," added Dr. Rodriguez, who noted that in addition to The Associate Board's support, the Mother's Milk research project has received grants from several private foundations.
2010 MWC Session Information - Illinois Society for Advanced Practice Nursing
APNs and Magnet Recognition: How to Best Utilize APNs to Achieve Magnet Status - Nancy Rodriguez, PhD, APN/CNP
Developing a Corporate-Wide Nursing Research Council in a Complex Healthcare System: Keys to Successful Implementation - Nancy Rodriguez, PhD, APN/CNP ~ Describe the critical components of a comprehensive, system-wide Nursing Research Council.