Preparing Parents to Care for Their NICU Infant: An Evidence Based Discharge Teaching Tool
Schlittenhart, Jean Marie
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The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) can be a stressful and frightening experience for a diverse population of parents. Transition from the hospital to home requires discharge planning to assist parents in developing the skills necessary to care for their medically fragile infants. From admission of the neonate to discharge, the NICU bedside nurses teach the necessary skills sets to the parents. Prior to discharge, a comprehensive NICU discharge class was offered, ensuring consistent dissemination of information. However, encouraged but not required, the class had only a 50% attendance rate. Based on parents' needs and staff requests, a project was initiated to develop an alternative. A literature review revealed essential discharge information for the medically fragile infants. Addressing the generational needs of the diverse population of NICU parents, a 35-minute, evidence-based practice (EBP), NICU discharge Digital Versatile Disc (DVD/video) was created.