Council of International Neonatal Nurses
COINN is committed to improving neonatal health outcomes, focusing on the most vulnerable newborns from the first minutes of life until 28 days. COINN and its member associations aim to work together with country health departments to train healthcare workers in the care of the newborn, particularly the preterm and sick newborn. COINN is dedicated to training nurses and other personnel in Helping Babies Breathe, S.T.A.B.L.E., Kangaroo Mother Care, and basic neonatal care especially regarding neonatal infections, and providing leadership development for nurses at local and global level so they advocate for policy changes in terms of neonatal care provision.
COINN commits to: (1) Continue to teach Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) in at least one in Africa, one country in Southeast Asia and one country in the Pacific (Papua New Guinea) by July 1, 2016; (2) Continue to teach the S.T.A.B.L.E. program through the leadership of Dr. Kris Karlsen in at least three countries in Southeast Asia and other parts of the world by July 1, 2016; (3) Advocate for use of Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC); (4) Incorporate the ENAP and neonatal nursing leadership development into COINN’s Strategic Plan for the next five years (2014-2019); and (5) Continue to strengthen the neonatal nursing workforce through leadership development and education.
2014- Every Newborn Action Plan
COINN is committed to education, training, research, and advocacy to improve health outcomes of neonates. As the only international voice for neonatal nursing care and neonatal nursing education, COINN makes the following short- and long-term commitments to realizing the Every Newborn Action Plan (ENAP): continuing to teach Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) in at least two countries in Africa, one country in Southeast Asia, and two countries in the Pacific by July 2015; continuing to teach the S.T.A.B.L.E. program through the leadership of Dr. Kris Karlsen in at least three countries in Southeast Asia and other parts of the world by July 2015; advocating for use of Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) through the issuance of a position statement and presence on national and international committees dedicated to KMC beginning May 2014; beginning the development of a neonatal basic course for nurses and other health professionals by January 2016; incorporating the ENAP and neonatal nursing leadership development into COINN’s Strategic Plan for the next five years (2014-2019); and launching a workforce database to describe where neonatal nurses work, what they do, and who they are by September 2014.
The Council of International Neonatal Nurses (COINN) remains committed to providing education and advocacy regarding improving neonatal health outcomes. We commit to supporting the education of those nurses that take care of neonates by linking resources already available with our regional network partners in over 60 countries and developing other materials on areas such as common and emerging neonatal infections that are impacting Millennium Development Goal 4 (child mortality). Our advocacy will engage and contribute to the adoption of policies related to supporting maternal-child health and decreasing risky behaviors, and, when possible, providing spokespersons on maternal-child health issues.