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Implementing a Parent Education Program in the Special Care Nursery.

Authors
  • Hunter, La Monica L1
  • Blake, Stephanie2
  • Simmons, Catherine3
  • Thompson, Julie4
  • Derouin, Anne5
  • 1 La Monica L. Hunter, Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Duke Regional Hospital, Durham, NC. Electronic address: [email protected]
  • 2 Stephanie Blake, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC.
  • 3 Catherine Simmons, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC.
  • 4 Julie Thompson, Statistical Consulting Associate, Duke University, Durham, NC.
  • 5 Anne Derouin, Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Associate Professor, Duke University, Durham, NC.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of pediatric health care : official publication of National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates & Practitioners
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2019
Volume
33
Issue
2
Pages
131–137
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.pedhc.2018.06.007
PMID: 30146361
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Parents of preterm hospitalized infants, whose lengths of stay can range from a few days to several months, often experience emotional liability. Because the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or Special Care Nursery (SCN) is a stressful and intimidating environment, prompt attention should be given to reducing parental stress and increasing parental confidence in preparation to care for their child post-discharge. A quality improvement pilot project was designed to evaluate the parent education and support program, titled HUG Your Baby, in a Level II SCN for its ability to decrease stress and increase confidence for postpartum mothers of preterm infants born at less than 35 weeks gestation during the infant's hospitalization. The outcomes demonstrated a statistically significant decrease in maternal stress and a statistically significant increase in maternal confidence. The HUG Your Baby program is an effective parent education and support program that would benefit NICU and SCN families. Copyright © 2018 National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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