Perinatal Addiction: 
Evidence Based Care for Mothers and Babies


Friday April 27, 2018 from 7:30 AM to 3:00 PM EDT
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Saint Joseph's University Medical Center 
703 Main Street
Paterson, NJ 07503

Driving Directions 

Amy Gole 

Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey 
973-268-2280 x100 

Directions for Parking and Way Finding
Park in the parking garage located at 703 Main Street (main hospital entrance). Vouchers for free parking will be distributed to conference registrants at the event.

Use the main hospital entrance. The Auditorium is located on the right, Immediately past the information desk.

Target Audience
Perinatal and neonatal nurses, nurse educators and Advanced Practice Nurses working in inpatient or outpatient settings. 

Continuing Nursing Education
This program has been awarded 6.0 contact hours.

The Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by NJSNA, an accredited approver, by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Provider #P194-1/17/20.  Provider approval is valid through January 2020.

Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing education activities only and does not imply approval or endorsement of any commercial product. 

his program has been awarded 6.0 contact hours.

Social Work 
This course is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards - ASWB NJ CE Course Approval Program Provider #54 Course #1793 from 04/04/18 to 04/04/20. Social workers will receive the following type and number of credit(s): General Social Work Practice 5.75. 

Application has been made to the Addictions Professionals Certification Board of New Jersey for 5.75 continuing education hours.  Recertification only

Karen D'Apolito discloses she receives a royalty from  her Inter-Rater reliability program. The planners  have no financial disclosures to make. Approval status does not imply endorsement by the Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey, NJSNA or by NCC of any commercial products discussed/displayed in conjunction with the educational activity.

Successful Completion
To receive contact hours for this continuing education program, the registrant must sign-in / sign-out on the sign-in sheet, attend the entire program, and complete and submit an on-line evaluation.  A certificate of completion will be mailed electronically within two weeks. Social workers must also provide license number at registration.

This location is handicap accessible.  Please let us know if you will need ADA accommodations when you register or call Amy Gole.

Procedure for Grievance
Contact Judith King at or 201-876-8900 x228 or Amy Gole at or 973-268-2280 x100 to initiate the filing of a grievance.  The participant may register complaints with the approval entity with an option to appeal to the Board if displeased with the results of the process described above.

Conference Planning Committee
Michelle Dickerson, PhD(c), RNC-NIC, RNC-MNNJersey City Medical Center

Stefanie Giddens, BSN, MSN, RNC-NIC
Saint Joseph's University Medical Center

Amy Gole, RNC-MNN, Ed.M, NE-BC
Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey

Twyla Hemmans, MSN, RNC-NIC, IBCLC
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey

Maureen Liberth, MSN, RNC-OB-EFM
Holy Name Medical Center

Lori York, MSN, RNC-OB
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

This program is generously supported by a grant from the New Jersey Department of Health.               

About the Event

Learning Outcome                                                            After attending this continuing education activity the learner will be able to provide improved perinatal care, emotional support and health education to drug dependent women and comprehensive inpatient care to newborns at risk for, or diagnosed with, Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.

Objectives                                                                         - Describe key factors that predispose women to drug use and drug abuse.
 - Explain the physical process of the chronic brain disease of addiction.
 - Identify factors that contribute to health professionals' attitudes toward
   women who abuse drugs during pregnancy.
 - Identify strategies that will improve communication between health care
   professionals and women who abuse drugs during pregnancy.
 - Describe the effects of drug-use during pregnancy on fetal/neonatal
 - Explain how to manage pain during the intrapartum and postpartum
   periods in women receiving opioid replacement therapy.
 - Describe the Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome scoring tools and the
   importance of being reliable in using these tools.
 - Describe the item definitions for the signs of Neonatal Abstinence 
   Syndrome assessed using the Finnegan Scoring Tool.
 - Describe the goals of pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic
   management of infants with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.
 - Describe challenges associated with caring for infants with Neonatal
   Abstinence Syndrome.
 - Describe how to promote breastfeeding among opioid dependent

Conference Pricing
Registration Fee      
Saint Joseph's University Medical Center Staff:   $20
Partnership for Maternal and Child Health Hospital Staff: $30
All Others: $40

Registration closes on April 19, 2018.
While registration fees are non-refundable, they may be transferred to a colleague.To transfer a registration, please contact Amy Gole at or 973-268-2280 x100 by April 19, 2018. 

When registering for the conference, home email address is preferred as emails with attachments are not always permitted through hospital filters.                                 


Conference Handouts
Handouts from the speaker will be emailed to participants a few days prior to the event. Printed copies of the speakers' slides will not be distributed at the conference.

From time to time, the Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey uses photographs and videography of conference events in its promotional materials. Unless this permission is revoked in writing to the Partnership, prior to the event, by virtue of their attendance, all conference participants agree to the use of their likeness in Partnership materials.

                     Conference Agenda

7:30 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast 
8:00 AM

Amy Gole, RNC-MNN, 
Director of Education
Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey

8:15 AM Understanding the Chronic Brain Disease of
Drug Use and Abuse in Women

Karen D'Apolito, PhD, APRN, NNP-BC, FAAN


Professor and Program Director of the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program
Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Nashville, Tennessee 

9:15 AM Breaking Attitudes and Stereotypes about Drug
Karen D'Apolito, PhD, APRN, NNP-BC, FAAN
10:00 AM

Stretch Break

10:15 AM

Customizing Nursing Care throughout Pregnancy for
Drug Dependent Women
Karen D'Apolito, PhD, APRN, NNP-BC, FAAN

11:15 AM The Infant Born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
Karen D'Apolito, PhD, APRN, NNP-BC, FAAN
12:30 PM Lunch 
(Will include a Structured Networking Session: Improving Communication among 
  Professionals – 30 minutes)
1:30 PM

Pharmacologic and Non-pharmacologic Management
of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome 
Karen D'Apolito, PhD, APRN, NNP-BC, FAAN

2:30 PM

Mothers Share Their Stories via Recorded Interviews
Karen D'Apolito, PhD, APRN, NNP-BC, FAAN 

3:00 PM