Dr Elizabeth Jeanson, PT, DPT, DCS, NTMTC, CNT
Using Quality Improvement as a Change Mechanism for Improving Developmental Positioning in NICU
Quality improvement is mandated by Magnet certified hospitals. Quality improvement work is not limited to monitoring Joint Commission standards but can also be used to introduce new process and facilitate change.
In 2018, a large level 3 hospital assessed their traditional positioning program and the viability of instituting a potentially better practice. The use of a quality improvement project proved an effective change mechanism. This quality improvement project, including useful improvement tools, staff engagement strategies, and site individualization will be discussed. Quality improvement is a tool to help staff identify a need for change and create a successful intervention/process.
Michele DeGrazia PhD, RN, NNP-BC, FAAN
Building Moral Resiliency: The Nurse Education and Support Team (NEST)
The Nurse Education and Support Team (NEST) was designed to support neonatal and pediatric critical and acute care nurses in managing morally and ethically complex, and challenging situations in everyday practice. Staffed by highly experienced neonatal and pediatric critical and acute care nurses, the NEST coaches provide just-in-time peer support with the goals of supporting and building moral resiliency, positively impacting staff morale, and increasing workforce stability.