Beeps, bells, bright lights and busy bodies are ever-present in our demanding Neonatal Intensive Care Units.
Sadly, all of this state-of-the-art equipment intended to provide high-quality care, may cause harm to the infant. Most notably, Technology could affect NICU babies for the rest of their lives.
Interestingly, the study of Neonatology is still in its infancy. As a matter of fact, way back in the 1890s, a French physician by the name of Pierre Budin, made several discoveries regarding infant wellness. Budin’s findings ranged from realizing the vast superiority of a mother’s breast milk compared to that of a cow; to the importance of monitoring infants’ weight; to developing tools for premature infant feeding. However, the modern practice of Neonatology didn’t begin until the early 1960s, and was, surprisingly, initially based on trial and error instead of evidence-based research. Recent evidence demonstrates that infants who reside in this department are more vulnerable to technology and treatments than previously realized. Regarding neonatal intensive care, we still have a long way to go.
The care a nurse provides in the NICU is long-lasting.
The goal of NEO’s Neonatal Intensive Care Course is to promote education that enhances a neonate’s growth and development without adverse effects.
Furthermore, students will gain an understanding of how the care they provide in the NICU affects outcomes later in the child’s life. Last but not least, nurses will learn to promote a safe, nurturing and stress-free environment that affirms and supports family-centered care.