Nurses are the cornerstone of the nation’s health care industry—they not only offer care and comfort, but also serve as role models for good health care. A Continuing Education Program on SIDS Risk Reduction: Curriculum for Nurses, a new curriculum from the NICHD that was created in collaboration with the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), First Candle, and nearly a dozen national organizations, aims to capitalize on the important role that nurses play by teaching them how to communicate information on sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) with parents and families.
This accredited continuing education (CE) program offers nurses background information on SIDS and SIDS research, specific recommendations and risk-reduction strategies, and practical ways to communicate this information to parents and families, without adding to their already hectic schedules. Those who successfully complete the CE program receive 1.1 hours of CE credit.
“The NICHD is enthusiastic about this program,” said Duane Alexander, M.D., NICHD Director. “The information, which reinforces the unique role that nurses play in health care, was created in close collaboration with nursing and other organizations. This important step helps to ensure that the information is both useful and accurate.”
Along with the NINR and First Candle, the NICHD worked with a number of national nursing and health care organizations to create and test this CE program. These partners were critical to creating the program; now that the program is available, the NICHD and NINR are relying on these partners to help spread the word about the CE program’s availability. Some of the partners’ (names in bold) efforts are described below:
The NICHD and its partners are also developing an interactive online version of the CE program, expected to be available later in 2007. The NICHD is also exploring a partnership with pharmacy organizations to adapt the program for pharmacists.
To learn more about the Continuing Education Program on SIDS Risk Reduction: Curriculum for Nurses, select one of the links below:
Originally Posted: November 5, 2007
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