Our president, Isabelle Milette, is a neonatal nurse practitioner and a Developmental care specialist (NANN certified)at the NICU of the Maisonneuve-Rosemont hospital, center affiliated to the University of Montreal. She workes at Sainte-Justine University Hospital Center, the MUHC, McGill University Health Center, both at the Montreal Children’s Hospital and at the Royal-Victoria Hospital, as well as the Jewish General Hospital (JGH). She obtained her Bachelor in Nursing at McGill University (1997), her master’s degree in Nursing from the University of Montreal (2000) and a post-master’s certificate for neonatal nurse practitioner from Stony Brook University, New York (2007).
In 2009, she became the first health care professional in Canada to obtain her certification of Advance Competency in Developmental Care offered by the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN), which became, in 2010, the Neonatal Developmental Care Specialist Certification. Between 2012-2016, she trained and supervised Canada's largest cohort of champions in development care ever certified by the NANN. They received the 2012-2013 Excellence in Commitment Award at the recognition gala of the CHU Sainte-Justine in 2014. In 2016, Accreditation Canada certifies the CHU Sainte-Justine with the first Leading practice in Development Care, following its development by Ms. Milette. In 2016-2017, she leads the development and publication of the Guidelines for the institutional implementation of developmental neuroprotective care in the NICU, a joint position statement of CANN, CAPWHN, NANN and COINN.
Pushing her knowledge further, she continued her education and obtain her certification in oral feeding by the FIFI (Fragile Infant Feeding Institute) in 2013. In 2014, she also becomes certified in Neonatal massage (NTMC) by Creative Therapy Consultants.
Her research interests are developmental care, noise and light reduction in NICUs and PICUs, and neonatal intensive care design. In 2011, she acted as advisor for the NICU design team within the new CHUSJ specialised units building. In 2015, she also joined the leadership group on change at the CHU Sainte-Justine to perfect her work with health professionals. In 2016, she joined the Canadian Neonatal Brain Platform (CNCP) with her participation in the project to transform the neonatal unit of CHU Sainte-Justine into a neuro-neonatal unit for the neuroprotection of newborns at risk for brain damage. To ensure the advancement of development care in research, she becomes an associate clinician member of the Quebec Network on Nursing Intervention Research (RRISIQ).
She is the author of several research articles on these subjects, co-author of a book in development care with a second edition in progress, scientific director of a reference book on clinical examination of the newborn and a perinatal educational book (Chenelière Education). She is also a lecturer and invited speaker in many academic and professional presentations, participant in national and international conferences, and clinical training of nurses and doctors in hospitals.
RN, M.Sc.N., NNP
- Neonatal Nurse Practitionner
- Specialist in developmental care
- Clinical member of the Quebec Nursing Intervention Research Network (RRISIQ)