University of Minnesota


Earl E. Bakken
Medical Devices Center

Encore Volunteer Coordinator

Roger is Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology) at the University of Oklahoma and a recent graduate of the UM Advanced Careers Initiative in the Life Course Center of the Department of Sociology. In that connection he was involved in a year-long group consideration of interests, capabilities and motivation toward an “Encore Career” in the second half of life. One result was his connection with the Bakken Medical Devices Center as coordinator of this Encore Volunteer Program. The other parts of his Portfolio Life Plan include devotion to family (especially his wife of 55 years, Dr. Carol Sheldon), a purpose outside of self with a strong bias toward children, especially his infant age group, and personal wellness. In whatever free time remains he reads, writes, walks, sings, records books for the blind, and dabbles in photography.

Special Skills and Experience:

  • Clinical medical care and practice; especially in pediatrics and neonatology:
    • Anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and what makes children and babies different from older patients.
    • Developmentally sensitive patient- and family-centered care. 
    • Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program (NIDCAP). 
    • Therapeutic misadventures.
  • Bedside critical care, monitoring, minor surgical procedures, thermal regulation.
  • Mechanical ventilation, endotracheal intubation, airway suction and management,
  • Vascular access in infants and children including arterial catheterization.
  • Skin care, adhesives, infection control related to indwelling lines.
  • Neonatal emergency transport.
  • Parent-infant bonding and psychosocial development.
  • Medical education, Nursing education. 
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner practice.
  • Hospital and Medical Staff administration.
  • HMO payer systems, Medical Necessity.

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