Increasing breastfeeding support among neonatal nurses
My name is Lawanda Bailey-Guess. I completed my DNP project in November of 2018 and I received my DNP degree in February 2019. I am grateful to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for this Doctorial opportunity. That being said, I remain honored to submit my DNP project to the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository. My DNP project (Increasing Breastfeeding Support Among Neonatal Nurses) provides global transparency, availability, and sustainability which will increase opportunities, to improve breastfeeding support for mothers, and infants all over the world. I began nursing in 1986 as an LPN and gradually completed my ADN and BSN requirements. I received my MSN degree in Nursing Management Organization and Leadership, in which I remain honored and thankful. Focused in education, I have facilitated nursing education as a local high school teacher, as well as an adjunct professor, and nursing faculty in several universities’ school of nursing. Currently, I am practicing as a Nurse Administrator, Nursing Educator and Nurse Consultant for a post- secondary Nursing Academy and Nursing University. I have enjoyed practicing nursing, in which I remain blessed to share as much knowledge as possible, enhancing the well-being of individuals globally throughout the life span. My prayers are with everyone and May God Bless Everyone,
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The importance of breastfeeding support remains a global phenomenon, as breastfeeding remains the algorithm of healthcare promotion throughout the life span. The purpose of this project reviews benefits of improving breastfeeding, and breast milk production, among lactating women and their infants by increasing knowledge, skills and positive breastfeeding attitudes among Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) nurses. The project health care facility has approximately 30% of its neonatal infants who receive breast milk within four weeks of life (Project Facility, 2017) compared to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommendation of 75% for early breastfeeding initiation (CDC, 2017). The project’s quality improvement program provided a descriptive quantitative design in which questionnaires were distributed among neonatal nurses and breastfeeding mothers to query access and implement the CDC guidelines, Baby Friendly benchmarks, and Healthy People 2020 goals. A Breastfeeding Support Program was implemented as a 3 day breastfeeding support class, implementation of hands-on policy, and a quality improvement tool. The key findings of this project study demonstrated evidence that neonatal nurses were not given consistent interactive breastfeeding in-service. As such, neonatal nurses should be given a ‘hands on’ breastfeeding support class and policy review annually per CDC recommendations. In particular, mothers experienced a statistically significant greater breastfeeding proficiency post-intervention (M = 7.43, SD = 0.53) than pre-intervention (M = 1.86, SD = 1.86). By doing so, neonatal nurses had increased breastfeeding support to breastfeeding mothers and their infants at the project facility. Key Words: hands on training, breastfeeding support, Neonatal nurses, breastfeeding mothers, breastfeeding outcome
|Type||DNP Capstone Project|
|Review Type||None: Degree-based Submission|
|Evidence Level||Quality Improvement|
|Research Approach||Quantitative Research|
|Keywords||Breastfeeding Support program;
Quality Improvement Tool;
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