Academy of Neonatal Care was formed out of necessity. Hands-on and in-person NICU courses
were disappearing, and online presentations were not enough to help the new respiratory
therapists (RT) and registered nurses (RN) in the NICU to get started. The need for specialized
training in NICUs is increasing every day. Respiratory therapists, nurses, and doctors all have
continuing education requirements; and healthcare professionals need to stay up to date on
best practices and the new technology.
Our primary goal is to teach the highest level of care in this specialized field by sharing
knowledge through online education and live conferences. Social media will be one of the
strongest tools to reach out to professionals in the field in order to collaborate and share
knowledge of neonatology. Another goal is to reach out to parents and family of NICU patients
to educate them on the basics of their NICU stay. Through online and hands-on training,
collaboration among professionals, and participation of patients' loved ones, we can create a
more comprehensive learning tool for all.
Our website is built by Doctors and Respiratory Therapists. You can check
out its progress at www.academyo neonatalcare.org.
We are a 501(c)3 company and your support and time in our early stage of development will
help us start and continue this advocacy.
Education is limitless.
MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS
Dr. Goldstein is board certified in both Pediatrics and Neonatal Perinatal Medicine. He is a Professor of Pediatrics at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital and emeritus medical director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Citrus Valley in West Covina, CA. He is a past president of the Perinatal Advisory Council, Legislation, Advocacy and Consultation (PACLAC) as well as a past president of the National Perinatal Association (NPA).
MitCHELL GOLDSTEIN, MD
As a Registered Respiratory Therapist with 37 years of experience, I noticed that resources to help RT’s expand their role into the NICU were dwindling. I also saw the importance of keeping up NICU skills, and the challenge of staffing a NICU with seasoned, well-qualified RT’s. I wanted to put on a live course that included a lot of hands-on, real-time workshop topics. CoVid 19 made that a challenge, and I look forward to the day I can once again help RT’s and RN’s learn and practice in person, so as to be prepared for any NICU or DR situation.
Kelly Welton, BA, RRT- NPS
Michael Smith has been a Respiratory Therapist for 36 years with the last 25 years working as a NICU therapist. He is part of the SIM team, which is responsible for projects to improve NICU Physicians and staff. Michael was part of the team that created the Cooling protocol as well as the disaster plan. He has been a licensed N.R.P. instructor for several years. He has extensive knowledge and experience as a respiratory instructor for Respiratory Therapists, Nurses, physician residents and staff.
MICHAEL SMITH, RRT-NPS
Bernadette Mercado is a Registered Respiratory Therapist for 26 years primarily focusing in neonatal and pediatric care. Outside respiratory, Bernadette has multiple years of experience in producing concerts and fundraising events. With her passion in helping others, she believes that education can pave the way in reaching out to communities to teach and share her knowledge in the field of neonatal care.
BERNADETTE MERCADO, RRT
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