The goal of the Close Collaboration with Parents Training Program is to develop family centered care culture on the unit level by training all of the nurses, doctors, and other staff of a neonatal intensive care unit. One motivation to update care culture to prepare the staff for single family room unit to get the benefits of the physical facilities for both parents and staff.
We developed and carried out the Close Collaboration with Parents Training Program in the neonatal intensive care unit of Turku University Hospital during the years 2009 to 2012. The corner stones of the training program are the joint observation of infant's individual behavior with parents and planning the infant care with parents based on the join observations. The training supports the staff in their capacity to listen parents regarding decision making and thereby integrates parents in the care team. This increases parents' presence and participation in the care of the infant. Long-term goal is to support infant development and the development of attachment relationship between parents and the infant.
The training program is based on clinical research evidence and theories of developmental psychology. It consists of a bed-side learning with a mentor, reflective supervision and theoretical teaching supported by the attached manual (password protected).
We train mentors to facilitate the learning of the whole staff of the unit. The mentors form a team with the medical director, head nurse of the unit, and the supervisor who carries the responsibility of the reflective supervision groups. The team participates actively in the training and is responsible of the practical organization of the training in their unit.
We provide contact teaching, consulting and supervision for the mentors, the medical director, the head nurse, ans supervisor for one and a half years. The mentors receive five weeks of contact teaching by our trainer mentors. The contact teaching progresses through the four phases. The other members of the team are offered two weeks of theoretical teaching and teaching in small groups. The contact teaching can be organized both in Turku and in the participating unit according to the needs of a unit. The cost of the periods of contact teachings, consultations, and training materials equals 35 000€. In addition, there will be travel expenses needed for contact teaching and costs for the unit to resource the time for mentoring and staff participation in the training. When evaluating the cost of the training please remember that the target group is the whole staff (cost of training per staff member).
The trainers of the Close Collaboration with Parents Training Program:
Sari Ahlqvist-Björkroth, Psych. Lic., psychotherapist, coordinator of the training program
Liisa Lehtonen, MD, Medical Director of NICU and Professor in Pediatrics
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