The premature (VLBW, ELBW, Micro-premature) infant is at the highest risk for: prolonged hospital experience, key morbidities, long term neurodevelopmental challenges, family stress, increased hospital expenses, and infant death. More and more small babies survive until discharge from the NICU, but not without complications or morbidities that impact their future.
EngageGrowThrive, LLC developed an evidence-based program presented by small baby experts designed to provide the neonatal interdisciplinary clinician an opportunity to learn current evidence and best practices as a Small Baby Care Specialist® (SBCS).
Small Baby Care Specialist® Program Overview
The overarching goal of the program is to transform care provided by the interdisciplinary NICU team to improve the experience and outcomes for premature babies and their families.
The program is designed as a Small Baby Care Specialist® Conference in an online format to provide the neonatal clinician (all disciplines) with an opportunity to learn content evidence in a convenient environment. The benefits of the program are:
EngageGrowThrive, LLC is committed to building inter-professional neonatal team knowledge, leading to improved quality and safety of care for the smallest babies and their families.
This program also has the potential to provide necessary evidence-based neonatal education and training for NICU team members in those NICUs who are interested in developing a small baby program.
The SBCS program is also listed as a NCC resource to prepare for the NCC ELBW Sub-specialty Certification Exam. Current passing rate for SBCS Program participants is 97%.
At the completion of video courses and course evaluation, the participant will be provided either 42.5 contact hours approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing or 35 CME, AAPA, ACPE or IPCE. SBCS® program completion is not licensure and does not guarantee competence. Competence in care is determined by State licensing boards and organizations where the individual is employed.
The program outline is intentional, focusing on reduction of common morbidities experienced by premature infants. Each presentation contains measurable objectives, and is based on systems, topics, or diagnoses applicable to most small babies. Quizzes follow presentations to help solidify knowledge learned. Practice Integration videos are included to demonstrate specific aspects of the presentation, reiterate key take-aways, share suggested quality improvement ideas, and model care. This unique feature encourages the participant to begin practicing their knowledge and expertise immediately.
Family Partnered Care | Amy Nyberg, Parent Panel
Small Baby Survival and Outcomes | Mindy Morris, DNP, NNP-BC, CNS, C-ELBW
Maternal Role Attainment | Alex Luton, MN, NCNS-BC, NNP-BC
Communication/Teamwork | Mindy Morris, DNP, NNP-BC, CNS, C-ELBW
Continuity of Care (Primary Nursing) | Liz Drake, MN, NNP, CNS, RNC-NIC, C-ELBW
QI Process Improvement | Robert Ursprung, MD
Antenatal Care | Lavonne Sheng, MD
Resuscitation/Golden Hour/Stabilization | Michael S. Dunn, MD, FRCPC
Thermoregulation | Liz Drake, MN, NNP, CNS, RNC-NIC, C-ELBW
Nutritional Management| Gina O’Toole, RD, MPH, CLEC, CNSC & Mindy Morris, DNP, NNP-BC, CNS, C-ELBW
- Prevention of Malnutrition & Growth Failure
- Parenteral Nutrition
- Enteral Nutrition & Maternal Diet
- Nutritional Monitoring Practices
- Discharge Nutrition
Benefits of Human Milk | Christine Bixby, MD
Pre-Feeding Foundations | Karin Mitchell, MA, CCC-SLP, CNT, CLE
NEC Diagnosis, Management & Treatment | Jae Kim, MD, PhD
Prevention of BPD | Jay Goldsmith, MD
Respiratory Modalities | Antoine Soliman, MD
Apnea of Prematurity | Mindy Morris, DNP, NNP-BC, CNS, C-ELBW
PDA | John P. Cleary, MD
Neurodevelopment, Risks & Outcomes, & Neuroprotection | Mindy Morris, DNP, NNP-BC, CNS, C-ELBW
Neurosensory & Limbic System Development | Liz Drake, MN, NNP, CNS, RNC-NIC, C-ELBW
The Impact of Pain & Stress on the Developing Brain | Ginny McGill, PT, DPT, CNT, NTMTC, CLWT
Non-Pharmacologic Pain and Stress Relief | Karin Mitchell, MA, CCC-SLP, CNT, CLE
Positioning | Liz Drake, MN, NNP, CNS, RNC-NIC, C-ELBW
Skin to Skin Holding | Karin Mitchell, MA, CCC-SLP, CNT, CLP and Liz Drake & Parent Partner
Infection Prevention: Risks, Outcomes & CLABSI Prevention | Jennifer Rivera, MSN, APRN, ACCNS-N, RNC-NIC
Antibiotic Stewardship | Linda Lefrak, MSN
Skin Care | Carolyn Lund, RN, MS, FAAN, CNS
Renal | Mindy Morris DNP, NNP-BC, CNS, C-ELBW
Retinopathy of Prematurity | Rebecca Vartanian, MD
Small Baby Pharmacotherapy | Letitia M. DeLaine, PharmD, BCPPS
One NICU Experience with Neonates Born 22-24 Weeks: An Interview with Dr. Jonathan Klein of University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital
Intro to Ethics | Anita Shah, MD, MPH
Intentional Caregiving in the NICU | Sue Ludwig OTR/L