Breastfeeding Friends (BFF): A limited breastfeeding education program for NICU nurses

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/308338
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Breastfeeding Friends (BFF): A limited breastfeeding education program for NICU nurses
Author(s):
Ullman, Frances M.
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
N/A
Author Details:
Frances M. Ullman, BSN, RN, IBCLC, RLC, frances.ullman@chp.edu
Abstract:

Poster presented on: Sunday, November 17, 2013, Saturday, November 16, 2013

The vulnerable infants of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) have the most to gain from the numerous health benefits science has attributed to breastmilk yet NICU nurses receive little lactation education. As noted in the research, NICU nurses lack a sufficient knowledge base to properly assist the breastfeeding couplet. The nurse’s knowledge and attitude towards breastfeeding are positively correlated to the education that the nurse has received (Spears, 2004). This quality improvement project involves the development and implementation of a voluntary education program in a tertiary level 3 NICU. The breastfeeding education program is an ongoing streamlined 2-hour voluntary education program that includes information on the benefits of breastfeeding, anatomy and physiology, strategies to improve breastfeeding rates, milk production and common misbelieves. Upon completion of the education, staff were identified as “Breastfeeding Friends”, recognized with a pin, and appointed as a resource to staff and parents. The effectiveness of the program was measured by pre and post-testing of knowledge and by a perception survey of participants. The initial phase has shown statistical significance in nurses’ knowledge pre-education to post-education with mean test scores improving from 68.2% to 85.9%. In addition the Press-Ganey results for the question “Nursing support: breastfeeding” question demonstrated mean scores at 93%. Implementation of this program has resulted in improved education of the NICU nurse and support of the nursing mother.  The success of this education program is evidence of how nurses identified challenges in nursing and develop strategies to meet those challenges.
Keywords:
NICU; breastfeeding
Repository Posting Date:
19-Dec-2013
Date of Publication:
19-Dec-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
42nd Biennial Convention
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Description:
42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriott
Note:
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dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleBreastfeeding Friends (BFF): A limited breastfeeding education program for NICU nursesen_GB
dc.contributor.authorUllman, Frances M.en_GB
dc.contributor.departmentN/Aen_GB
dc.author.detailsFrances M. Ullman, BSN, RN, IBCLC, RLC, frances.ullman@chp.eduen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/308338-
dc.description.abstract<p>Poster presented on: Sunday, November 17, 2013, Saturday, November 16, 2013</p>The vulnerable infants of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) have the most to gain from the numerous health benefits science has attributed to breastmilk yet NICU nurses receive little lactation education. As noted in the research, NICU nurses lack a sufficient knowledge base to properly assist the breastfeeding couplet. The nurse’s knowledge and attitude towards breastfeeding are positively correlated to the education that the nurse has received (Spears, 2004). This quality improvement project involves the development and implementation of a voluntary education program in a tertiary level 3 NICU. The breastfeeding education program is an ongoing streamlined 2-hour voluntary education program that includes information on the benefits of breastfeeding, anatomy and physiology, strategies to improve breastfeeding rates, milk production and common misbelieves. Upon completion of the education, staff were identified as “Breastfeeding Friends”, recognized with a pin, and appointed as a resource to staff and parents. The effectiveness of the program was measured by pre and post-testing of knowledge and by a perception survey of participants. The initial phase has shown statistical significance in nurses’ knowledge pre-education to post-education with mean test scores improving from 68.2% to 85.9%. In addition the Press-Ganey results for the question “Nursing support: breastfeeding” question demonstrated mean scores at 93%. Implementation of this program has resulted in improved education of the NICU nurse and support of the nursing mother.  The success of this education program is evidence of how nurses identified challenges in nursing and develop strategies to meet those challenges.en_GB
dc.subjectNICUen_GB
dc.subjectbreastfeedingen_GB
dc.date.available2013-12-19T17:30:01Z-
dc.date.issued2013-12-19-
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-19T17:30:01Z-
dc.conference.date2013en_GB
dc.conference.name42nd Biennial Conventionen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationIndianapolis, Indiana, USAen_GB
dc.description42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriotten_GB
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission.en_GB
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