Welcome Aboard and Homeward Bound: The NICU Family's Journey for a Safe Voyage to Discharge
Article first published online: 14 JUN 2012
© 2012 AWHONN, the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses
Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing
Special Issue: 2012 Convention Proceedings
Volume 41, Issue s1, page S36, June 2012
How to Cite
Tamborelli, G. (2012), Welcome Aboard and Homeward Bound: The NICU Family's Journey for a Safe Voyage to Discharge. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 41: S36. doi: 10.1111/j.1552-6909.2012.01360_9.x
- Issue published online: 14 JUN 2012
- Article first published online: 14 JUN 2012
- best practice;
- family centered care;
Purpose for the Program
Improve parent and staff satisfaction with the discharge process and complex follow-up care for the very premature or sick infant. Involve parents in the plan of care, the daily care of their infants, and their personal preferences early on.
To standardize teaching, timing of education, documentation, and communication of education to better prepare parents for discharge.
Implementation, Outcomes, and Evaluation
Implementation using Plan-Do-Study-Act cycles, staff and patient satisfaction, as well as chart audits were used for measurement and feedback.
Implications for Nursing Practice
The best practice was identified and we continue to maintain the gains by evaluating satisfaction levels and random chart audits.