Gravens Conference

In a perfect world, there would be no need for a NICU. Yet our reality is that babies continue to be born too sick, too soon, and with medical conditions requiring hospitalization. Activities in the NICU have a profound impact on the babies, their families and the staff. What you do matters. Your work has the potential to impact a neonate’s health outcome, as well as that of the family and staff in the NICU.
Since the 1980s, neonatal care providers have worked to mitigate the stress experienced by babies, parents and providers. Doing so has involved change and its inherent struggles, but eventually we have adapted our NICU culture, policies and approach. We strive to nurture the developmental needs of babies and the emotional and informational needs of their parents through evidence-based knowledge in neurodevelopmental science, developmental care, healthcare design, and family support. This work continues at The 33rd Annual Gravens Conference.
Join us in Clearwater Beach, Florida, on March 4-7, 2020, as we explore research, learning and practice to examine Biophysiology of Human Interaction. The most current science, state-of-the-art research and leading practices will be presented over the course of four days.

Target Audience

This program has been developed to meet the educational needs of healthcare practitioners such as Neonatologists, Pediatricians, Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Parents or Families, Neonatal Nurse Clinicians / Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists,  Family Support Staff, Architects, , Hospital Administration, Infant & Child Development Specialists, Social Workers & Counselors, and other professionals working with high-risk infants, their families or their physical environment.

Learning Objectives

As a result of participating in this activity, the learner should be able to:

  • Identify current research that contributes to understanding neurodevelopment, neuroprotection, emotional and mental health, and the role of nurturing in the NICU.
  • Interpret the impact of NICU-related practices on parents, infants, and staff. 
  • Compare and contrast several ‘best practices’ for improving family support policies 
  • Develop strategies for applying current information to clinical practice in the NICU environment.
  • Integrate strategies for cultural change in the NICU, including intrapersonal, interpersonal, clinical, environmental, and system change. 
  • Integrate the various components to consider when renovating or creating new construction of a NICU.
  • List three new professional and/or parent contacts that have the potential to collaborate on current of future projects, or to assist with problem-solving.

Learning Objectives apply to all professions in the target audience.

Competencies to be addressed

Patient Care and Procedural Skills; Medical knowledge; Systems-based practice; Professionalism; Interpersonal and communication skills

Conference Highlights

  • Many, many opportunities to network with colleagues, faculty and exhibitors
  • Continuation of the “Gravens Affordability Scholarships”
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi; bring your gadgets (fully charged as outlets are limited)
  • Hartline Welcome reception on Tuesday night in the Exhibit Hall
  • Presentation of the 2020 Gravens Award
  • Exhibit Hall Grand Reception on Wednesday. Drawing for door prizes, including free registration for 2021
  • Sunset Dinner Cruise on Thursday, March 5th

Sunset Dinner Cruise

Sunset Dinner Cruise: The StarLite Majesty has been reserved for the Gravens Conference for a sunset dinner cruise (with dancing!) on Thursday, March 5th. Transportation to the marina from the Sheraton will be provided. Boarding begins at 5:30 pm and the ship sails at 6:00 pm, for a three hour cruise. You will have a choice of a chicken, seafood, or vegetarian entrée, vegetables, dessert, and beverages, i.e., ice tea and water. (Alcohol and soda are available for a fee.) Seating is limited to 280 passengers. Please carefully consider your decision to attend when asked at time of online registration. You choose the entrée while on the ship.

Starlite cruise ship with sunsetAttendee tickets are $20; Guest tickets are $49.

The dinner tickets are non-refundable because a head count will be provided to Starlite Majesty in advance of the event. Amount owed to Starlite Majesty is based on head count.