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Family Intervention with the NICU Neonate and Discharge Preparation

presented by Roberta Gatlin, PT, DScPT, PCS

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Financial: Bertie Gatlin receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Bertie Gatlin has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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This course will expose the learner to evidence-based research on the positive outcomes of family involvement and hands-on interactive times the rehabilitation professional may reinforce with the neonate. The course will offer information about discharge planning and the expectations of the neonate after the NICU.

Meet Your Instructor

Roberta Gatlin, PT, DScPT, PCS

Roberta "Bertie" Gatlin, PT, DScPT, PCS, graduated from University of Memphis in 1986 with a BS in Special Education and from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center Department of Physical Therapy in 1989 with a BS in Physical Therapy. She completed her Doctorate of Science with an emphasis in Neurological and Pediatric Physical Therapy…

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1. Family Engagement in the NICU

This chapter will discuss the important role of the family in the NICU, including staff perceptions of the parental role in the NICU, stressors of the family with an infant in the NICU, and resources available to these families. The PFCC model will be discussed.

2. Support Systems for the NICU Family

This chapter will provide the learner with information to identify supports for the NICU family, including benefits to family intervention in the NICU, family caregiving opportunities in the NICU, education and implementation of neonates’ care needs while in the NICU and post-discharge, and support systems and groups for family and caregivers.

3. Preparing the NICU Neonate and Family for Home

This chapter will focus on discharge planning for the neonate in the NICU. Family barriers to discharge readiness, tools to assist the family in preparing for the neonate in the home, and expectations of the neonate’s first two months after discharge will be discussed.

4. The First Two Months Home With the NICU Graduate

In this chapter, Dr. Gatlin discusses developmental care in the NICU and patient-centered care with a parent of a NICU graduate.

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