Discharge Planning and Follow Up Support Course
Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:
Describe two important ways in which discharge planning contributes to a family's emotional well-being.
How can staff provide care coordination efforts that support emotional well-being among families?
How does it benefit families?
What is the research that supports this?
Identify three ways to provide parents with emotional support during the discharge planning process and beyond.
What can staff do to support parents while they are in the NICU and just prior to discharge?
What can staff do to help support parents to set them up for success after they leave the NICU?
Why is it important for staff to prepare parents for life beyond the NICU while they are still in the unit?
Describe two things NICU staff can do to help parents arrange medical follow-up.
How can staff help parents prepare for the post discharge medical appointments?
What can staff do to help parents feel confident in knowing how to prioritize appropriate follow-up for their child after discharge?
What information does staff need to equip parents with to prepare them to manage their follow-up appointments and the various specialists they will need to see after leaving the NICU?
Identify two of the roles that home visitors can play in providing emotional support to parents after NICU discharge
Who are home visiting care providers?
How can home visiting providers play a role in the emotional health of families?
How can your unit develop a home visiting care program for your NICU parent population?
Identify three Potentially Better Practices for discharge and follow-up support.
What ways can you begin involving the family in the discharge process from the moment they are admitted to the NICU?
How can you empower the family to be intimately involved in care throughout their hospitalization so they feel better prepared at time of discharge?
How can you provide ongoing follow-up support to families that have received care in your NICU?
*Completing this course will provide the participant with 1 CEU or 1 CME based on licensure
Enroll for CEU Credit
Enroll for CME Credit
National Perinatal Association