Feature ArticlesEffect of a Parent Empowerment Program on Parental Stress, Satisfaction, and Length of Stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care UnitNieves, Holly DNP, APRN, PPCNP-BC; Clements-Hickman, Alyssa MS; Davies, Claire C. PhD, PT Author Information NICU (Dr Nieves) and Nursing and Allied Health Research Office (Ms Clements-Hickman and Dr Davies), Baptist Health Lexington, Lexington, Kentucky. Corresponding Author: Holly Nieves, DNP, APRN, PPCNP-BC, NICU, Baptist Health Lexington, 1740 Nicholasville Rd, Lexington, KY 40503 ([email protected]). The Baptist Health Lexington Auxiliary Board, at Baptist Health Lexington, funded the COPE for HOPE program study. Disclosure: The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article. Each author has indicated that he or she has met the journal's requirements for Authorship. Submitted for publication: August 14, 2019; accepted for publication: April 25, 2020. The Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing: January/March 2021 - Volume 35 - Issue 1 - p 92-99 doi: 10.1097/JPN.0000000000000540 Buy Metrics Abstract Parental stress is high when infants are admitted to a neonatal intensive care unit in community-based hospital. This quasi-experimental study explored the effect of implementing the “Creating Opportunities for Parent Empowerment” (COPE) program on parental stress, postpartum depression, parental satisfaction with care, and length of stay in a community-based hospital. A cohort of nurses completed a 1-day “COPE for HOPE” parent empowerment training session. A nurse implemented the COPE parent training at the bedside soon after birth and extended throughout hospitalization. The following instruments were used to collect data: a demographic data sheet, Parental Stress Scale: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale, and an investigator-designed parent satisfaction survey. Forty-nine parent sets participated in the study (29 in the intervention group, 20 in the comparison group). A significant difference was found between the groups related to lower parental stress. There was no difference in terms of parental depression scores or length of hospital stay. However, clear trends revealed that parents in the COPE group exhibited lower depression scores. Parents in both groups reported being greater than 95% satisfied with care across all items. These findings may motivate administrators in other community-based hospitals to implement this intervention. © 2021 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.