ArticlesRegional Neonatal Oral Feeding Protocol: Changing the Ethos of Feeding Preterm InfantsPremji, Shahirose S. PhD, RN (EP); McNeil, Deborah A. MN, RN; Scotland, Jeanne MN, RN (EP)Author Information University of Calgary (Dr Premji and Ms McNeil), the Decision Support Research Team, Calgary Health Region (Ms McNeil), and the Foothills Medical Center, Calgary Health Region (Ms Scotland), Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Corresponding author: Shahirose S. Premji, PhD, RN (EP), University of Calgary, 2500 University Dr NW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1N4 (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org). The authors thank Joanna Chan, Jo Chang, Donna Dressler-Mund, Tanis Fenton, Darlene Goodwin, Sharon Harvey, Heather Howarth, Maureen Jobson, Lucy Kim, Linda Kostecki, Ruth Kovacs, Toni MacDonald, Laurie McCormack, Carolyn Miron, Cathy Orton, April von Platen, Jennifer Reed, Pattie Schumacher, Edie Scott, Ann Smith, Marilynne Steward, and Carol Turko for their dedication and contribution to the Regional Neonatal Oral Feeding Protocol. Submitted for publication: June 21, 2004 Accepted for publication: July 8, 2004 The Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing: October-November-December 2004 - Volume 18 - Issue 4 - p 371-384 Buy Abstract The Calgary Health Region Neonatal Oral Feeding Protocol is the culminating work of a broad range of healthcare professionals, including staff nurses, nurse practitioners, nurse educators, nurse managers, dietitians, lactation consultants, clinical nurse specialists, and occupational therapists. The protocol represents a synthesis of research evidence and expert opinion pertaining to the introduction and management of oral milk feedings for high-risk infants in the neonatal intensive care unit. This evidence-based neonatal oral feeding protocol is presented to share knowledge and skill required to create positive feeding experiences while assisting high-risk infants to achieve full oral feedings. Goals of this project include promoting consistent neonatal nursing feeding practices and changing the ethos in relation to feeding interactions between caregiver and infant in the neonatal intensive care unit. This culture change will assist nurses to identify what is unique about their professional practice, which is of particular importance given the skill mix resulting from hospital understaffing and a growing nursing workforce shortage. © 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.