Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) Activity: Toxic Environment in the NICU
Presenter(s): Susan M. Ludington, RN, CNM, CKC, PHD, FAAN
Total Contact Hours: 1.00 CH, 0.00 Rx
Intended Audience: All neonatal nurses
Purpose of this CNE activity: The Academy of Neonatal Nursing provides clinically current information on the technical, medical, and nursing aspects of neonatal care as well as the legal and ethical implications related to that care. This CNE activity provides information to nurses and other health care professionals who care for newborn, premature, and ill infants and their families. Specific objectives for this presentation are listed below.
Session Description: The incubator and the NICU are toxic environments because the stress caused by the NICU’s routine practices permanently alters infant brain development, causing impairment throughout life. A discussion of the toxic practices to which every NICU infant is subjected is presented along with strategies to reduce toxic stress and ways to measure the amount of toxic stress each infant is experiencing. Reducing health-related toxic environments is a new national health initiative in which NICUs are expected to participate by endorsing and adopting new paradigms of NICU nursing care.
Objectives: Upon completion, learners will be able to:
Verbalize the definition of Toxic Stress and list two cutting edge developmental care theories or philosophies of NICU care that deal with toxic stress.
Identify at least four sources of toxic stress in the NICU.
Discusses interventions that can be applied immediately to reduce toxic stress in the NICU.
Requirements for Completion: The following requirements are necessary for successful completion of this CNE activity.
Access to a computer with an Internet connection
Attend/view at least 90% of the session
Complete and submit the evaluation for this CNE activity
Accreditation Provider, Academy of Neonatal Nursing, approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP 6261; and Florida Board of Nursing, Provider #FBN 3218, content code 2505.
The Academy of Neonatal Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
Release Date: September 7, 2016 Expiration Date: September 30, 2019
The lead nurse planner, the planning committee, and the author(s) of this activity disclose no relevant financial relationships.
This CNE activity has been reviewed by the Lead Nurse Planner. It has been determined that the material presented here shows no bias.
The content of this CNE activity has been developed by the planning committee and reviewed by the Lead Nurse Planner. The content has been deemed to reflect the current state of practice.
Disclaimer: The Academy of Neonatal Nursing assumes no responsibility or liability for the content presented. Care of the infant should always be individualized and no one source relied upon for information regarding aspects of care. Accredited status does not imply endorsement by ANN, ANA, or the American Nurses Credentialing Center of any commercial products displayed or discussed in conjunction with an educational activity.
RN, CNM, CKC, PHD, FAAN,
Full Professor, Carl W. & Margaret Davis Walters Professor of Pediatric Nursing,
FPBolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University