Expertise is provided by two-advanced practice nurses (APN) who have over 60 years combined neonatal nursing experience. Liz and Mindy’s neonatal nursing knowledge base includes extensive clinical experience as well as quality improvement proficiency. Degrees and certifications include: Doctorate of Nursing Practice, Masters in Nursing, neonatal nurse practitioner certification (NNP-BC), clinical nurse specialist certifications (CNS), NCC Certification, and Team STEPPS Master Trainers. A strong passion for excellence and evidence-based practice implementation are the foundations for our high level ability to assist organizations in assessing and changing the culture of care. We provide program development, education/training, and quality improvement structure/development by partnering with individuals and organizations to achieve improved outcomes.
Mindy is a doctoral prepared neonatal clinician with an aptitude for application of evidence into practice. She has experienced and mastered many roles working in the NICU for over 30 years. She has first-authored two papers demonstrating the application of evidence into practice with positive clinical outcomes while supporting team-based approach to care. Her foundational core is an enthusiasm for quality and improving the patient, family, and team experience in the NICU. She is a faculty member for the Vermont Oxford Network (VON) Quality Improvement Collaborative, Micropremature Homeroom. Care of the Extremely Low Birth Weight Infant is Mindy’s impassioned focus. Her respect for the resiliency of the ELBW infant inspires her to share her extensive knowledge and expertise by designing programs and tools to improve the multidisciplinary team’s model of care for this vulnerable population.
Liz Drake has been practicing in the NICU for 34 years. She received her Master’s Degree, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist certification from UCLA. Quality Improvement, Neuro-protective Care and Family Partnered Care are her passions and expertise. She has a strong desire to teach the healthcare team about the uniqueness and language of the premature infant as every touch and experience can have impact. Through team building, education, academic thinking and direct patient care Liz has a tireless focus on excellence. Her vision for the future is to create passion and desire in others to practice with intention, purpose and to practically integrate evidence into the care provided to infants and families. Liz is a driver for quality improvement initiatives and actively involved with the VON, NICQ Collaborative.