Implementing Trauma-Informed Care Training to Improve Interaction Between Nursing Students and Parents of Babies with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.

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Emory Abbigail Hedrick (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Lisa Anders

Abstract: This paper explores how education on trauma-informed care impacts the family experiencing neonatal abstinence syndrome and how education can be given on how to have a trauma-informed approach.The Rock and Hold program through Cone Health allows nursing students who have completed one semester of clinical to volunteer in the NICU. Responsibilities of the volunteer include assisting the nursing staff by feeding, soothing, rocking, reading, and changing diapers. This is particularly important with babies who have Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) and require extra attention. There is limited exploration of how trauma-informed care specifically impacts families affected by neonatal abstinence syndrome in the NICU setting. This project specifically explores how we can train NICU volunteers, who are soon-to-be nurses to implement trauma-informed care into their approach to care for patients. This not only invests in bettering patient volunteer interactions but also in future patient encounters these students will have throughout clinical experiences and nursing careers.

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Honors Project
Language: English
Date: 2023
Trauma Informed Care, NICU, Nursing Students, ACES, Adverse Childhood Experiences, Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, NAS

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