Who should take this course? We recommend that your entire NICU staff take this course, from physicians, to front desk staff, to RT's and everyone else that is a member of the multidisciplinary care team. The course was designed to educate, raise awareness and increase the skill level of your entire staff regarding providing comprehensive family support for patients and families. Download our course brochure here
What is the goal of taking this course? This course 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 course 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.
What are unique aspects of this course? There are two unique features. First is the inclusion of the “parent voice.” NICU graduate parents were involved in the original development and publication of the “Recommendations for Psychosocial Support of NICU Parents,” and their involvement has continued through every phase of this course’s creation. Graduate parents will also be responding to questions and comments in the Discussion Forum of the course. Second is that your NICU staff receives customized content specific to your NICU’s operation, should you desire to include it. 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
Can we sign our team up for less than all seven of the lessons in the course? All seven lessons in the course are being offered together; they represent the content areas of the “Interdisciplinary Recommendations for Psychosocial Support of NICU Parents.” If you feel your NICU is already employing state-of-the-art practices in a particular course subject area, we can discuss removing that lesson for your staff. However, the course’s lessons can serve as a review, as well as a way to educate new NICU staff members as they join your team.
How is the course administered? The course is located online and will be a private course for your department only. We will track how many of your staff sign in, and their progress for you. We will provide progress reports, as well as a final report of staff participation. Your staff will receive periodic email reminders encouraging them to complete the course.
How long does it take to complete each lesson? It will take approximately one hour to complete each lesson. We offer a rich collection of audios, videos, links, and downloads, so it may take more than an hour if these options are explored.
How long will the course be available to our staff, once we start it? The course content will be available to your entire staff for a period of time that is agreed upon between you and the My NICU Network team. Typically units leave the course open for staff for two to three months from the institution’s start date. How are continuing education credits awarded? CEU/CME credits will be awarded to nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians, licensed clinical social workers, licensed marriage and family therapists, and psychologists by the Perinatal Advisory Council: Leadership, Advocacy, Consultation (PAC/LAC). When the course is closed, completion certificates will be generated by the My NICU Network team and sent out to students.
What is the price of the course?
$10 per lesson/CEU for nurses and nurse practitioners for single lessons or $70 for the full course. 8 CEUs awarded to nurses for completion of the full course (1 CEU "free" if course is purchased all together).
$20 per lesson/CME for physicians, licensed clinical social workers, psychologists, and licensed marriage and family therapists, or $140 for the full course. 7 CMEs awarded to physicians, etc. for completion of the full course.
As of now, we cannot award CEUs for physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech/language pathologists, chaplains, or respiratory therapists. These members of your staff can take the course for free 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 course.
Also, no refunds will be paid for those who start the course, but do not complete all 7 lessons included within the time frame allotted.
What about new staff hired after our course is closed? Can they take the course, too? Yes. Seats to the course can be purchased for all new staff and we encourage departments to budget this course into new hire orientation once staff have completed the course as a whole.
Can the course content be customized? Yes. While you have a captive audience, why not take advantage of our customization opportunity. We have the capability to incorporate unit specific policies & procedures, information on local parent resources, contact information for local support services and any beneficial information to the care practices you want YOUR staff to gain better understanding of.
Do you have additional questions we did not answer?