Transformative Nursing in the NICU

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Transformative Nursing in the NICU

SKU# 9780826196576

Trauma-Informed Age-Appropriate Care

Author: Mary Coughlin RN, MS, NNP


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This innovative text for Neonatal Nurses and NICU clinicians introduces new, evidence-based care protocols proven to mitigate or reduce the profound morbidities and subsequent developmental challenges that afflict newborns in the NICU. The book reframes the concept of developmentally supportive care to trauma-informed, age-appropriate care of the hospitalized premature infant. Aimed at transforming NICU practice, the book links developmental care to quality standards and Joint Commission requirements. The text is also unique in its provision of engaging online learning activities that facilitate the translation of content into clinical practice, whereby the user can also earn CEUs.

The text highlights the ways in which Nightingale's tenets of nursing and Watson's theory of human caring science resonate with the its subject matter and are applied in the NICU. It includes examples of favorable outcomes associated with the protocols described in this book from practitioners in the U.S. and overseas. Additionally, the text aligns with NANN guidelines for Age Appropriate Care of the Premature and Hospitalized Infant. This book will provide the neonatal nurse/APN with best available, evidence-based caring strategies to consistently and reliably manage the trauma associated with the NICU experience and mitigate both short-term and long-term complications associated with this developmental trauma.

Key Features:

  • Introduces cutting-edge, evidence-based care protocols proven to reduce the profound morbidities and developmental challenges of premature infants
  • Reframes the concept of developmentally supportive care to trauma-informed, age-appropriate care
  • Meets Joint Commission requirements for age-appropriate staff education
  • Includes examples from researchers and practitioners worldwide
  • Presents innovative online learning activities to facilitate translation of content to clinical practice

Product Details 

  • Publication Date February 13, 2014
  • Page Count 198
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826196576
  • EISBN 9780826196583

About The Author(s) 

Mary Coughlin, MS, APRN, NNP, is Director of Professional Practice, Education, and Research, Steward Health Care System, Boston, MA. She is also President, Founder, and Global Learning Officer for Caring Essentials Collaborative, Inc., that provides learning experiences, both domestic and international, for health care professionals regarding quality care and collaboration for hospitalized individuals across all patient populations. An experienced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and Educator, Ms. Coughlin has held academic appointments at Northeastern University Graduate School of Nursing in the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program and Boston University Medical College Department of Pediatrics, among others. A leader in the field of Neonatal Nursing, she has presented widely at key neonatal conferences and has authored multiple publications including Clinical Practice Guidelines for Age-Appropriate Care of the Premature and Critically Ill Hospitalized Infant for the National Association for Neonatal Nursing (NANN) and Transformative Nursing in the NICU: Trauma-Informed, Age-Appropriate Care

Table of Contents 

Foreword by Jean Watson


Section I Quality Healthcare: Global Initiative

Chapter 1 – Quality Health Care

Chapter 2 - Vulnerability of the Premature & Hospitalized Infant

Chapter 3 – Trauma Informed Age Appropriate Care

Chapter 4 - Evidence Based Care

Chapter 5 – The Importance of Nursing’s Legacy of Caring in the NICU

Section II - Core Measures for Trauma-informed, Age Appropriate Care

Chapter 6 - The Healing Environment

Chapter 7 - Protected Sleep

Chapter 8 - Age Appropriate Activities of Daily Living

Chapter 9 - Prevention and Management of Pain & Stress

Chapter 10 - Family-centered Care

Section III Application, Outcomes, Relevance

Chapter 11 –Integrating the Core Measures for Age-appropriate Care into the Culture of Care:

Chapter 12 - Implications for best practice in the NICU

Chapter 14 - Call to action – Summary


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