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Open Access Capstone

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Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



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Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Molly J. Bradshaw

Department Affiliation

Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing

Second Advisor

Lisa Jones

Department Affiliation

Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing


According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are approximately 15 million babies born prematurely every year. Family members of premature infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) are overwhelmed and lack confidence with basic skills to care for their newborn. Simulation is an education modality used for adult learners that utilizes a hands-on method for education and allows application of knowledge and skill development in a safe environment. Although clinicians are frequently trained utilizing simulation, there is limited information on its use among family members and caregivers. The purpose of this DNP Project was to explore use of simulation to teach family members of NICU patients’ basic skills to care for their newborn. Data collection included demographics, a pre- and post- training survey and a post-training follow up survey 2-3 weeks after discharge home. The goal was to improve health outcomes for the neonates by giving their family members a hands-on experience with a human infant simulator. Participants were instructed how to safely handle the infant, understand the importance of temperature management and what to do as the infant’s temperature varies. The response to the training was positive and parents felt more comfortable going home after having some practice with the manikin.

Keywords: premature newborn, infant, infant, simulation, training, caregiver, self- care, education, simulator, manikin

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