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The effectiveness of a standardised positioning tool and bedside education on the developmental positioning proficiency of NICU nurses
Intensive and Critical Care Nursing (2016)
  • Arlene Spilker, San Jose State University
  • Constance Hill, San Jose State University
  • Ruth Rosenblum, San Jose State University
Abstract
In order to improve the developmental proficiency of neonatal intensive care unit nurses, a standardised infant positioning assessment tool and a bedside education programme were introduced to the registered nurses in a 46 bed level III neonatal intensive care unit in the western United States. A developmental positioning team collected pre-intervention positioning scores on 54 preterm infants. This was followed by a survey of the registered nurses beliefs and attitudes, the introduction of the standardised assessment tool and an informal education programme. Post-intervention positioning scores were collected on 55 preterm infants, and analysis of the data indicated there was a statistically significant change in mean positioning scores. Additionally, the registered nurses identified several barriers to the implementation of developmental positioning. This research indicates the use of a standardised infant positioning assessment tool and bedside education may be useful strategies for improving the developmental positioning proficiency of NICU nurses.
Keywords
  • Developmental positioning,
  • Education,
  • Neonatal intensive care unit,
  • Registered nurse
Publication Date
August, 2016
DOI
10.1016/j.iccn.2016.01.004
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Citation Information
Arlene Spilker, Constance Hill and Ruth Rosenblum. "The effectiveness of a standardised positioning tool and bedside education on the developmental positioning proficiency of NICU nurses" Intensive and Critical Care Nursing Vol. 35 (2016) p. 10 - 15 ISSN: 1532-4036
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/constance_hill/11/