What program are you offering? We are currently offering “Caring for Babies and Their Families: Providing Psychosocial Support in the NICU.” This is program is made up of seven 1-hour courses. It is available to all NICU staff.
Single Courses which are part of the Caring for Babies Bundle include: Communication, Providing Emotional Support, Family-Centered Developmental Care, Peer-to-Peer Support, Palliative and Bereavement Care, Discharge Planning and Follow-up Support, Supporting Staff as They Support Families.
Pricing depends on the credentials of the staff person taking it, as outlined below, and whether MNN can award continuing education credits based on those credentials.
Why this program? Our educational program is effective at improving both staff knowledge and attitudes towards providing psychosocial support to NICU families. In a study that primarily looked at NICU nurses, and published in Advances in Neonatal Care, improvements were significant in six out of seven areas studied and were maintained at a 6-month follow-up period! You can read this study here.
Who should take this program? We recommend that your entire NICU staff take this program, from physicians, to front desk staff, to RT's and everyone else that is a member of the multidisciplinary care team. The program was designed to educate, raise awareness and increase the skill level of your entire staff regarding providing comprehensive family support for patients and families. We have a NEW brochure! Download it here
What is the goal of taking this program? This program proposes a paradigm shift: transformation of your NICU from a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to a Neonatal Intensive Parenting Unit. The focus in this model unit is just as much on supporting the family as it is on providing medical care to the baby. The ultimate goal in taking the program is to improve outcomes of babies through strengthening the parent-baby bond. It also provides practical hands on tools for how staff can be supported and empowered themselves. Read more about the goals of a NIPU here.
What are unique features of this program? The unique features of these courses are as follows:
Message Boards: Graduate parents will also be responding to questions and comments in the course’s Message Board (as will one of our technical experts), where questions are posed to engage your staff in discussions around best practices. At the conclusion of the course, our team will provide your team with feedback about areas for improvement in your NICU based on these discussions.
Learning Assessment Questions: Learning assessment questions are embedded in the content periodically to reinforce learning points.
Interactive Cases: Each course has an interactive case that ties together learning points in a clinical scenario.
Resource downloads: We provide a variety of downloads in each course that can help your staff make improvements in areas that you target for change.
Feedback on student change in knowledge and attitudes: This will be provided based on analysis of pre- and post-course survey data. Not only will you be able to see where students’ knowledge deficits occurred before taking the course, you will also see what areas need continued emphasis after completing the course.
What are the main content areas? The course includes seven 1-hour lessons, each available for continuing education credit. The following topics are covered:
Providing emotional support to NICU parents
Family-centered developmental care
Palliative and bereavement care
Discharge planning and follow-up support
Supporting staff as they support families
How long will the courses be available to our staff, once we start the program? The program content will be available to your entire staff for a period of three months from your start date. If you anticipate needing more time, this can be arranged.
What are the tech requirements to be able to access all features of the course? Customers are responsible for checking with their hospital's Information Technology departments to determine whether they will be able to access all aspects of the course. To do so, browsers need to be the latest version (or the one before that) of Edge, Firefox, Safari, Chrome, or a modern mobile browser such as Mobile Safari. Regarding Operating Systems, please use the latest two versions of Windows or Mac. We have many links to websites outside of the course, so please check whether your hospital system's firewalls will allow you to access all of these. The course is also optimized for viewing on mobile phones. Also, learners can access the course from their home computers. We currently do not have the capability to embed our course within hospital Learning Management Systems such as HealthStream.
Information from PACLAC:
For Physicians: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Institute for Medical Quality and the California Medical Association’s CME Accreditation Standards (IMQ/CMA) through the Joint Providership of the Perinatal Advisory Council: Leadership, Advocacy and Consultation (PAC/LAC) and My NICU Network.
For Nurses: The Perinatal Advisory Council – Leadership, Advocacy and Consultation (PAC/LAC) is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing Provider CEP 5862. This course is approved for 8 contact hours of continuing education credit when the full program is taken, or 1 Credit for each course.
For CHES: This activity is sponsored by the Perinatal Advisory Council: Leadership, Advocacy, and Consultation (PAC/LAC), a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designed for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) to receive up to 7 total Category 1 continuing education contact hours, or 1 Credit for each course.
For CAMFT:Perinatal Advisory Council: Leadership, Advocacy, and Consultation (PAC/LAC) is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs. CE Provider #128542. PAC/LAC maintains responsibility for the program/course and its content.Course (University) meets the qualifications for 7 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, or 1 Credit for each module.
*Please note: we currently do not have credit options out side of the USA, or student/non-credit registrations. ANYONE is welcome to participate in the course and register with the least expensive enrollment option. If you do not require CEU credits, you will receive a certificate of completion.
What is the price of the course?
$10 per course/CEU for nurses and nurse practitioners or $70 for the full program. 8 CEUs awarded to nurses for completion of the full program (1 CEU "free" if program is purchased all together).
$35 per course/CME for physicians, licensed clinical social workers, psychologists, and licensed marriage and family therapists, or $245 for the full program. 7 CMEs awarded to physicians, etc. for completion of the full program.
We currently cannot award CEUs for physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech/language pathologists, chaplains, or respiratory therapists. These members of your staff can take the full program of 7 courses for a $10 platform administration fee,along with full-paying staff members.
Once you determine the number of staff estimated to take the course, we will send you an invoice. We require payment in full before the course is made available for student enrollment.
Refunds will not be given for staff members who neglect to start the program, or who start the program, but do not complete all 7 courses included within the time frame allotted.
What about new staff hired after our program is closed? Can they take the program, too? Yes. Seats to the program can be purchased for all new staff and we encourage departments to budget this program into new hire orientation once staff have completed the program as a whole.
What's Coming Next? Advanced Provider Program: We will soon be launching our Advanced Provider Program. This is the condensed and more highly referenced version of our original course; it is specifically targeted for physicians, NNPs, and doctoral level psychologists. It includes four 0.5 hour courses: Using Trauma-Informed Care as a Basis for Communicating, Recognizing and Mitigating Parental Distress, Recognizing and Mitigating Infant Distress, and Comprehensive NICU Support (overview of peer support, palliative care, discharge planning, and staff support). These courses will not be available on an individual basis. The reason for this is that the topics are inextricably interconnected, and together provide a comprehensive overview.
Annual Refresher Program: In January, 2020, we will be launching our Annual Refresher Program. This will consist of two 1-hour review courses that highlight key points from the original program. This program is intended to be utilized for Annual Competencies for NICU nurses who have already taken the full program.
Caring for Women and Their Families: Providing Psychosocial Support During Maternity Care: This program is targeted towards obstetric providers, and will be available in January, 2020. Details will be provided soon.
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