The presentation will provide the audience with key steps required to create an interdisciplinary team to support infants and their families in transitioning to oral feeding. Presenters will review how the team implemented the program; screening candidates and educating staff and families.
Identify 3 key components in developing an interdisciplinary outpatient clinic for transitioning infants from NGT to oral feeding
L. Hope Wills MA, RD, CSP IBCLC
L. Hope Wills is a pediatric dietitian and international board-certified lactation consultant. She provides clinical care for children with feeding problems and congenital heart defects. Hope has presented at the national and local level on the topic of feeding and nutrition for children with special needs. In addition to clinical service, she serves as nutrition faculty for the California LEND program and as program director for the Dietetic Internship at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
Judy Hopkins MS, OTD
Judy Hopkins has 27 years of experience as an occupational therapist specializing in pediatric feeding and swallowing in medically complex children. She works at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles on the acute team. Her areas of expertise include pediatric feeding and swallowing, modified barium swallow studies, lactation support, high risk infant and critical care. Judy has developed several innovative programs to meet the needs of children with chronic illness. She is a frequent presenter at state and national conferences. Passionate about working with children with feeding disorders, Judy enjoys sharing her medical knowledge and intervention strategies with occupational therapists and other professionals to equip them to bring children from diagnosis to dinnertime.
Linda Camacho RN, MSN, CNS, CPNP
Linda Camacho began her career as a registered nurse in a medical surgical floor at Miller Children’s hospital and then went to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). She has over 20 year’s pediatric surgical nursing experience. Linda graduated from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) with her master’s degree in nursing. Completed her pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP) and clinical nurse specialist at UCLA June 2011 and has been working with the Division of Pediatric surgery for the past 11 years. She also initiated a pediatric nurse practitioner led outpatient gastrostomy tube clinic. Her latest endeavor is being the led NP in a multidisciplinary nasogastric tube feeding clinic. As a PNP in the pediatric surgery department, Linda has vast experience in the identification, care and management of pediatric surgical patients. Her responsibilities include the care, management, of surgical and trauma patients. One of her passions is educating. She loves to teach nurses, parents, and precept students.