Newborn Screening Education
Newborn Screening (NBS) Collection Training
The NBS Program is committed to the improvement of specimen collection and continues to work with all birthing hospitals, as well as clinics across the state, to assist with training needs. In addition, the NBS 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 Leanna Rambo, Nurse Educator, at (334) 206-5729.
Newborn Screening Collection Guidelines
Newborn Screening Collection Guidelines from the ADPH Bureau of Clinical Laboratories are now available in full at the link below.
Newborn Screening Training Video Series NEW!
- Alabama Newborn Screening Program: 2018 Program Overview
- Alabama Newborn Screening Laboratory Video (See at bottom of page)
- National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM) Interactive Web Based Newborn Hearing Screening Training Curriculum (CEUs available)
- Algo 5: Screening, Uploading, and Maintenance
- Newborn Pulse Oximetry Screening to Detect Critical Congenital Heart Defects
Newborn Screening Webinars
- Preventing Morbidity and Mortality in Children with Congenital Hypothyroidism and Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia
- Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI)
- Severe Combined Immunodeficiency: Diagnosis and Treatment
- Sickle Cell Disease and Other Hemoglobinopathies: Newborn Screening and Beyond
- NEW: Newborn Pulse Oximetry Screening to Detect Critical Congenital Heart Defects
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.
What to Expect From Your Baby's First Test
Newborn screening is one of the many things that will happen within the first few days after a baby's birth. Parents-to-be may have questions about newborn screening. The video below explains what to expect during a baby's first test, and walks parents through the heel stick, hearing and pulse ox screenings.
Newborn Screening Resources Related to Blood Collection
- Abraded Blood Collection Form
- Contaminated Blood Collection Form
- Inadequate Blood Collection Form
- Unevenly Saturated Collection Form
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.
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.
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
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: July 29, 2019