The Neonatal Outreach Education Program at Children's Mercy is designed to promote the education of the region's health care professionals and the public about neonatal and perinatal care.
We offer both didactic and clinical skills programs. Course options include: Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) provider courses, S.T.A.B.L.E. program learner course, simulation with neonatal stabilization scenarios, cardiac module, physical and gestational age assessment of the newborn, lactation conference, and fetal monitoring courses. Immediate consultation with Children's Mercy physicians, nurses, nutritionists, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, social workers, and other staff is available on an ongoing basis.
Goals of the program
Educate professional staff regarding comprehensive neonatal-perinatal care.
Educate the public to promote optimal newborn health.
Develop individualized teaching programs for community hospital personnel.
Provide and promote multidisciplinary communication and timely, professional consultation.
Contact the Neonatal Outreach Education Coordinator
Patricia A. Reuter, MSN, RNC-NIC, has been coordinating the Neonatal Outreach program at Children's Mercy since 1990. She received her diploma in Nursing from Saint Luke's School of Nursing in Sioux City, Iowa; a BSN from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio; and an MSN from the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo. Her areas of expertise include neonatal resuscitation, gestational age assessment, care of parents, ethical concerns, and the coordination of education programs for perinatal health care professionals.