Project/blog link:Within Pediatrics: It's a Family Matter BASIS Advisor: Ms. Michelle Conner Internship location: Cardon Children's Medical Center & Banner Health Pediatric Surgery Onsite Mentor: Ms. Melissa Rothlisberger; Dr. Ravindra Vegunta, NICU RN Senior Clinical Manager; Pediatric Surgeon
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 1 out of 10 babies in the United States were born prematurely in 2015. It is imperative that families be informed and involved throughout their baby’s treatment as they can play a vital role in the his or her recovery. Family Centered Care is an approach where the family and healthcare providers work together in a mutual partnership to provide the most beneficial treatment for the child. Although it is implemented in many ways, at its core, Family Centered Care is defined as respecting the family’s culture and background, providing unbiased and important information, encouraging families to help make decisions in the patient’s care, and collaborating in policy and program development (IPFCC, 2000). Previous research has found that Family Centered Care practices have in fact improved the survival and recovery rates of pediatric patients, but there is limited information about how and to what extent healthcare providers put this concept into practice. (March of Dimes Foundation, 2007). This project aims to examine how much Family Centered Care is utilized between two different age groups within pediatric care (infants and children) by shadowing and interviewing staff, nurses, nurse practitioners,and pediatric professionals from the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) facility and the Pediatric Surgery Clinic at Cardon Children’s Medical Center. The goal of this project is to determine how Family Centered Care is implemented and the challenges that pediatric facilities face in implementing this approach.