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Promoting Discharge Readiness Through Staff Education

A Family-Centered Approach

Walter, Lora, DNP, RNC-NIC; Robb, Meigan, PhD, RN

Journal for Nurses in Professional Development: May/June 2019 - Volume 35 - Issue 3 - p 132–136
doi: 10.1097/NND.0000000000000519
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Preparing parents for discharge readiness starts by arming the neonatal intensive care unit registered nurses with the knowledge and understanding of family-centered care principles. Implementation of a 30-minute educational session followed by 4 weeks of mentoring increased neonatal intensive care unit registered nurses knowledge and supported a sustainable change in professional practice. Approaches used in this quality improvement project can serve as a framework for nursing professional development specialists.

Lora Walter, DNP, RNC-NIC, is Assistant Professor of Nursing and Pathways to Nursing Coordinator at Chatham University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Meigan Robb, PhD, RN, is Assistant Professor of Nursing, Assistant Director of Nursing Programs, and MSN Program Coordinator at Chatham University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE: Lora Walter, Chatham University, 1 Woodland Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15232 (e-mail: lwalter@chatham.edu).

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