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Engaging Families in Feeding and Nutritional Support is a Course

Engaging Families in Feeding and Nutritional Support

Started May 7, 2020
1.5 credits


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Engaging Families in Feeding and Nutritional Support

Presented as part of NAS awareness month in Texas, provided by Texas Health and Human Services. 

Presentation Description: This presentation will provide an overview of best ways to support growth and development of infants diagnosed with NAS. These infants are often difficult to feed and require extra patience because they can be irritable and/or fussy. Integration of breastfeeding and other non-pharmacologic interventions will be discussed as supportive to meeting nutritional requirements.

Jacqueline McGrath, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAAN, Vice Dean for Faculty Excellence, UT Health San Antonio School of Nursing.  Dr. Jacqueline McGrath is the Thelma and Joe Crowe Endowed Professor and Vice Dean for Faculty Excellence at the UTH San Antonio, School of Nursing. Dr. McGrath is an excellent scholar and teacher. She has mentored more than 20 PhD students among more than 50 mentees at all levels across her career trajectory. Research foci include integration of family-centered and developmentally supportive caregiving with high-risk and premature infants and their families in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). More specifically, her work has focused on the biobehavioral outcomes related to increasing parent engagement for both parents and the infant. Increasing parent engagement in the NICU is believed to be a mechanism for influencing the development of parent self-management skills after infant discharge and ultimately enhancing infant long-term developmental outcomes. She has also conducted studies related to preterm infants’ oral feeding readiness and preterm infant touch and massage (parent provided). Based on her research, she developed the NICU-PLAY program for parents and their hospitalized preterm infants. She has been funded by NIH/NINR, the American Nurses Foundation, as well as other foundations. She is well-known in the field for her scholarly publications, with more than 120 peer-reviewed articles, 100+ editorials and short manuscripts as well more than 35+ book chapters. Since 2014, Dr. McGrath has been the Co-Editor for Advances in Neonatal Care the journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses. She is also the Co-Editor for Developmental Care for Newborns and Infants: A Guide for Health Professions, 2nd edition. The third edition of this book is in development. In 2007, Dr. McGrath became a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. She also received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Neonatal Nurses in 2017. She received her BSN from the University of Akron; MSN from Kent State University in parent-child nursing; both a post-master’s certificate as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. As a truly excellent mentor and teacher, Dr. McGrath believes leadership is seeing the brilliance in other people and creating joy at work is central to success.

CE provided for Nurses, Physicians, Psychologists, Social Workers, LCDC, LPC & Peer Support Providers

You are required to participate in the entire presentation to receive CE. 


The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

1.5 nursing contact hours

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Nursing is approved by the Texas State Board of Socials Workers Examiners to provide Social Worker CE.

1.5 credit hours

Centralized Training Infrastructure for Evidence Based Practices is an approved provider by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors

1.5 CE credit

The UT Health San Antonio Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits

1.5 CE Credit


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