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Interdisciplinary Neuroprotective Practice Standards and Perinatal Mental Health in the NICU

by Jodi Dolezel, BSN, RNC-NICU
  • Duration: 1439 Mins
  • Credits: 1.25 CERP, 1.25 R-CERP, 1.25 CNE
  • Learning Format: Webinar
  • Handout: No
  • Origin: GOLD Neonatal

Hospitalization of a baby in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) has been described as a traumatic experience for both parents and baby leading to higher rates of postpartum depression and posttraumatic stress disorder in parents and to adverse developmental, cognitive and behavioral outcomes in their infants. The focus of care in the NICU has been broadening and evolving to emphasize the importance of supporting the family-infant relationship, since ultimately, the well-being of the family affects the well-being of the baby. Research documents that NICU parents both desire and benefit from psychosocial support from NICU staff, yet many staff, including neonatologists and neonatal nurses, do not feel they have adequate skills to support these needs. NICU staff need knowledge and tools beyond what typical healthcare education provides. Interdisciplinary recommendations for work toward best practice around psychosocial support of infants/parents and staff are presented.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Recognize and understand the importance of family support and the human experience in the Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU);

Objective 2: Discuss strategies and ways to better integrate parents and families into routine bedside caregiving in the NICU;

Objective 3: Identify the key components necessary for providing an engaging and therapeutic educational program to families in the NICU;
Objective 4: Employ practical tools and techniques for developing the art of leading through narrative medicine;

Objective 5: Understand the importance of human connections and how positive relationships enhance job satisfaction, therefore, decreasing burnout and compassion fatigue among healthcare providers.

Categories: Neonates
Presentations: 11  |  Hours / CE Credits: 11.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks