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Neonatal Care at the Moment of Birth: Using Simulation to Prepare the Nurse

Raines, Deborah A. PhD, RN, ANEF

Section Editor(s): Ikuta, Linda

doi: 10.1097/ANC.0b013e3181e94160
Foundations in Newborn Care
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Successful transition of the neonate from the intrauterine environment to the extrauterine world is a complex and unique process. The assessments and interventions of the nurse during these precious moments following birth have a dramatic impact on the well-being of the neonate. This article reports on the development and implementation of a nursing situation simulation focused on educating nurses for this role. Simulation has been shown to increase confidence and competence of nurses. Use of simulation allows nurses to gain experience without placing the patient at risk.

Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton.

Correspondence: Deborah A. Raines, PhD, RN, ANEF, Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton, FL (draines@fau.edu).

© 2010 National Association of Neonatal Nurses