Nurses for Newborns of Tennessee exists to provide a safety net for families most at-risk in order to prevent infant mortality, child abuse and neglect by providing in-home nursing visits which promote healthcare, education, and positive parenting skills.
WHAT WE DO:
Nurses for Newborns of Tennessee
(NFN) is a registered nurse, prevention based home visitation program dedicated to reducing infant moralit and child abuse/neglect by providing health assessments, parenting skills, education and support to at-risk families. NFN provides a variety of in-home
nursing care services to medically fragile infants, assistance to mothers who
are mentally, intellectual or medically challenged (including cases involving drug, alcohol,
and nicotine use and/or addictions during pregnancy and after delivery), and
prenatal and after-delivery nursing care for teen mothers. Supporting
services include assessments, positive-parenting education, review and
instruction on home environmental safety, and education/referral assistance to
more thoroughly respond to specific needs of clients.
HOW WE GOT STARTED:
Nurses for Newborns Foundation was founded in 1992 in St. Louis, MO by agency founder Sharon Rohrbach, RN. Our agency expanded to Nashville in October 2001 through the generous support of (then) NFL Tennessee Titans's Offensive Tackle Fred Miller and his wife Kim. Since that time, NFN nurses have completed more than 43,290 in-home nurse visits impacting 9,381 families across Middle Tennessee.
HOW WE CONTINUE TO FULFILL OUR
5. NFN continues to provide client education on smoking and obesity, which is a significant
health factor that impacts birth outcomes, and is a risk factor for premature
financial support to offset agency expenses associated with nurse in-home
designated financial support: If
there is a specific geographic (i.e. county) or educational topic(s) you would
like to support, please contact our agency and we will be happy to meet to
discuss your giving interests in greater detail. (i.e. 24/7 nurses communication for clients)
3. Corporate or
congregational support (underwriting) of an agency nurse position.
4. Assistance with public relations/marketing for our organization, funding campaigns and special events.
- How is it
possible that babies in the United States have less of a chance of seeing their
first birthdays than those in Beijing or Cuba?
- That within
our own country, Tennessee continues to be ranked among the bottom in losing
more infants before their first birthday?
Nurses for Newborns is unique in that it is a prevention-based program with a proven track record for reducing infant mortality, child abuse and neglect in Tennessee. Our home visitation program includes a head-to-toe assessment of the baby and screenings for the caregivers. Babies are weighed and screened for growth and development. Caregivers are screened for Every Day Stressors, Depression and healthy life choices (nutrition, alcohol, drug and tobacco use). These assessments identify needed health education such as breast feeding, child safety, domestic violence, dental care, mental health care and positive parenting. Since our services are provided in the family’s home, we are able to assess environmental safety issues (safe sleep, exposure to smoking/drugs, fall & injury hazards). NFN’s nurses provide resource connections to ensure families are able to have the best care possible for the baby and themselves. The following aspects have made a positive difference in the lives of our clients:
- NFN employs registered nurses (RN) who have prior experience in obstetric/neonatal and/or pediatric care. NFN is the only all RN provider for home visits to medically fragile infants in Tennessee.
- Services are conducted in the client’s home living environment. This allows the nurse to assess for potential safety hazards within the home, therefore reducing the risk of unintentional injury or death.
- Home visits remove the potential transportation barriers that limit poverty or low-income clients’ access to quality care.
- NFN serves clients regardless of income, race or age.
Nurses for Newborns is a resource to those who have found themselves in unique health situations with their babies. Our clients range in education level and income level. Whether the client is the highest risk Tennesseans; mothers living in poverty who have
very little social support and experience an unplanned/unintended
pregnancy. Or the mother with a high paying corporate position who is financially stable and surrounded with family and finds herself with a medically fragile infant. Clients may be a teenager with depression. Other clients may be in transitional housing and no transportation, therefore creating an access to healthcare issue. NFN is able to reach clients in their environment and assist them with their unique needs.
is committed to improving the quality of life for these specially challenged
infants, and their caregivers. Agency nurses work to help parents live more fully, to build healthy
relationships, and to become successful caregivers for their child. This involves nurse provide instruction
on a variety of topics. Our nurses
also make sure families have basic infant care items for their child, are providing
a safe sleeping place, and no safety threats are present within the home living
Amanda Peltz has joined Nurses for Newborns of Tennessee as the Executive Director. Amanda has strong experience in leading an organization with a mission to serve vulnerable populations. She comes to NFN from Autism Tennessee where she has served as the Executive Director. She has been responsible for the strategic oversight of all programmatic, financial, administrative, internal and external agency activities. Amanda earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama and her Master's degree in Human, Organization and Community Development from Vanderbilt University. Amanda was recognized as one of Nashville's Top Forty Under 40 by the Nashville Business Journal and received the EP Maxwell J. Scheifer Distinguished Service Award.
Nurses for Newborns of Tennessee employs registered nurses to complete home-visits to a high-risk population. Our nurses utilize proprietary clinical guidelines, evidenced based screening tools and practices to improve the health and well-being for our families. Visits are recorded in our electronic record and data reviewed for quality purposes. Nurses provide needed care in the transition from hospital to home and may continue services until the child's second birthday if needed. Nurses are the safety-net for their families. Partnerships and collaboration are important to meeting the many needs of our families. Working with others provides needed services and funding. Our five United Way Partners help support our visits and help us to network with other community groups. Community Foundations and State Grants are essential to our managing our resources.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
The dramatic achievements of public health in the 20th century have improved our quality of life in a myriad of ways, including an increase in life expectancy, worldwide reduction of infant and child mortality rates, and the elimination or reduction of many communicable diseases. In Middle Tennessee, improvements in preventive medicine and advanced medical technology have resulted in increased life expectancy and improved health for many residents. However, significant health disparities exist in our region, resulting in poor health status often related to economic status, race, and/or gender.
In Tennessee, gang presence has been on the rise since the late 1980s and early 1990s, when gangs first made a concerted push into the state. Since 2011, police have identified at least 5,000 gang members in Davidson County, and gang-related crimes have increased by 25%. Meanwhile, cities with 50,000 or fewer inhabitants have seen gang-related crimes triple in frequency nationally since 2005.
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