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Tiffany Gwartney, DNP, APRN, NNP-BC

  • Speaker Type: GOLD Neonatal 2022
  • Country: U.S.A
Biography:

Tiffany Gwartney, DNP, APRN, NNP-BC, is an Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida (USF), College of Nursing. In addition to her neonatal clinical practice at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando, Dr. Gwartney has been an Assistant Professor at USF since May 2015, where she has written and deployed experiential learning modules for the evidence-based practice course for undergraduates, integrated delegation simulations for undergraduate leadership students, and taught sim labs for the women, children & families course. Her most recent work was the implementation of a simulation regarding nursing interaction with a maternity couplet who was under airborne precautions, while in full personal protective equipment. This simulation was integrated into her COVID Care Education Module in which undergraduate students in their final practicum participated in a pilot program at designated clinical partner sites, providing bedside care for patients with COVID-19 disease. Her research interests include education, neonatal diabetes, role transition for novice Neonatal Nurse Practitioners (NNP), simulation, management of high-risk newborns in the delivery room, and couplet care for mothers with COVID-19. Dr. Gwartney has had several opportunities to speak internationally regarding the benefits of deliberate routine practice of high acuity, low-volume technical skills, and nationally regarding neonatal diabetes and conflict management. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau (Iota Chapter) and is actively involved in several neonatal professional organizations: Florida Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners, Council of International Neonatal Nurses [education committee member], National Association of Neonatal Nurses [member], and The American Academy of Pediatrics [member, conference planning committee]. Dr. Gwartney enjoys traveling for pleasure but has also found herself working triage in a children’s clinic located in the remote village of Zapote, Guatemala, as well as educating NICU nurses in Paisley, Scotland and Shanghai, China.

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Current Trends in Identifying and Managing Neonatal Diabetes Mellitus
Neonatal Diabetes Mellitus (NDM) is defined as persistent hyperglycemia (>200 mg/dL) that requires insulin treatment and occurs before six months of age (Habeb et al., 2020). While the incidence of neonatal diabetes is merely 1 in 90,000 to 160,000 live births, the rarity of this disease can make diagnosis challenging and potentially result in delayed treatment (Letourneau et al., 2017). Uniquely set apart from type I diabetes by its strictly genetic etiology, NDM can be associated with developmental delay and epilepsy (DEND). Insulin is a growth factor that is critical for optimal growth. Insulin dependence can be permanent or transient. Management of NDM includes insulin followed by stabilization using oral sulfonylureas (Hattersley et al., 2018). Positive outcomes are contingent upon early diagnosis, euglycemia, early interventions including multidisciplinary involvement, rehab services and parental support with regard to hypo/hyperglycemia management and insulin administration. The purpose of this presentation shall be to describe the etiology, pathophysiology and clinical presentation of NDM, discuss clinical management strategies, and recognize the importance of a multi-faceted, inter-disciplinary approach to caring for an infant with NDM.