Newborn Screening Education

Newborn Screening (NBS) Collection Training

Seratia JohnsonThe Alabama NBS Program is fortunate to have Seratia Johnson, NBS Nurse Educator, on staff to provide newborn screening specimen collection training. The training offers nurses and lab technicians a review of proper collection techniques and addresses specific issues identified with newborn screening specimen collection.

The Program is committed to the improvement of specimen collection and continues to work with all birthing hospitals across the state to assist with training needs. In addition, the Program follows the approved standards for newborn screening specimen collection as outlined by the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute® (CLSI). If you are interested in training please contact Seratia at (334) 206-5729. Nurse continuing education credits have been approved for this training.

CCHD Newborn Screening Training

The Virginia Department of Health in conjunction with the University of Virginia Office of Continuing Medical Education is offering a series of webinars addressing newborn screening: Anatomy and Physiology Review of Critical Congenital Heart Defects.

This webinar will review fetal circulation, provide examples of critical congenital heart anomalies, explain the goals and process for performing newborn pulse oximetry and provide examples of how to interpret screening results. The webinar is free and participants can earn continuing education credits.

Preventing Morbidity and Mortality in Children with Congenital Hypothyroidism and Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia

Gail Mick, M.D. and Leslie Pitts, CRNP with the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham discussed Preventing Morbidity and Mortality in Children with Congenital Hypothyroidism and Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia, which aired on November 14, 2013.

There is no charge to register or participate in ADPH conferences; however, non-ADPH employees are charged a fee to receive CE Certificates. Nurses may watch the On Demand version of the program for up to two years and receive continuing education.

Newborn Screening Resources Related to Blood Collection

Newborn Screening Specimen Collection Video

The first fifteen minutes of the following video details the processing of newborn screening specimens submitted to the State Health Laboratory. Proper handling of the specimens after collection and approved protocols for mailing are reviewed. The last five minutes of the video shows the actual collection of a newborn screening specimen at a pediatrician's office. The positioning of the infant and choosing front or back application of the blood to the filter paper are both personal preferences.

Alabama Newborn Screening Laboratory Video 

Alabama Newborn Screening Laboratory Video 

Continuing Education

The Alabama Department of Public Health has several training opportunities for health professionals offering continuing education through the Alabama Public Health Training Network (ALPHTN). ALPHTN utilizes a variety of distance learning technologies to reach public and allied health employees throughout the state and the country.

New Continuing Education Credit Requirements

Go to the Alabama Public Health Training Network website.

  • Locate the program of interest and click on the title to go to the program page.
  • Note that there are several links in a table on the program page, including links for handouts, a sign-in sheet, and an evaluation form.
  • To receive continuing education credit, print out and complete the sign-in sheet and evaluation form for each topic and mail them to:

    Bureau of Professional and Support Services
    Alabama Department of Public Health
    Suite 1040
    P.O. Box 303017
    Montgomery, Alabama 36130-3017
  • Upon receipt of the continuing education certificate from the Alabama Department of Public Health, nurses should upload the information into their individual continuing education record on the Alabama Board of Nursing website for credit.

Page last updated: April 17, 2017