Nursing Outreach Education
Valley Children's Hospital leads and participates in nursing outreach education initiatives throughout our region. These include support for local nursing schools, training programs for partner hospitals – including neonatal outreach education – and injury prevention outreach education for the community at large. Valley Children’s evaluates programs on an ongoing basis and new opportunities will be added to this page as they become available.
Injury Prevention Education
Through its Injury Prevention Program, Valley Children’s is proud to be a leader in supporting the health of our kids through community outreach, education, injury prevention and numerous pediatric community health screening events. Program staff – led by Valley Children’s trauma nurse liaison – routinely conduct community-based teaching events covering the following topics: ATV safety, car safety, car seat and child passenger safety, carbon monoxide poison prevention, concussions, fire prevention, Halloween safety, home safety, lead poison prevention, overuse injuries, poison prevention, railroad safety, safe sleep, snake bites, teen driving, toy safety, vaping, vehicular heat stroke prevention and water safety.
Additionally, Valley Children’s led the development of professionally produced videos focused on many of the topics listed above. Our team posts the videos on social media and forwards them to school districts and community-based organizations throughout our service area.
Watch and Learn: Injury Prevention Videos
Valley Children's experts appear in a series of safety and injury prevention videos, created for families in our communities. These educational videos are produced in English and Spanish and cover a variety of important injury prevention topics, from car seat safety to poisoning prevention. View Valley Children’s Injury Prevention videos by visiting Valley Children’s Safety and Injury Prevention playlist on YouTube, here.
Neonatal Outreach Education Program
The Neonatal Outreach Education Program at Valley Children’s Hospital is designed to serve the educational needs of the region’s healthcare professionals related to neonatal care. The Neonatal Outreach Education Program offers the following provisions:
- Professional consultation in development, review, and revision of neonatal standards, protocols, policies, and procedures
- Guidelines for maternal/fetal and neonatal consultation
- Guidelines for referral and/or transport for hospitals providing basic, intermediate-level, and community –level neonatal intensive care
- Provision of medical, nursing, and/or ancillary staff in-service education with topics jointly selected
- Annual review of neonatal patient data & outcomes
- Customer service assessment
The goals of the Neonatal Outreach Education Program include: assessing neonatal educational needs of area hospitals, developing individualized curriculum programs based on educational needs assessment, and educating healthcare professionals in comprehensive neonatal care.
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Neonatal Outreach Education Program Courses
Click on each neonatal outreach education course title below to learn more about the course.
The S.T.A.B.L.E. Program is a widely accepted neonatal post-resuscitation/pre-transport stabilization educational and clinical tool. “S.T.A.B.L.E.” stands for the six assessment parameters covered in the program: Sugar & Safe Care, Temperature, Airway, Blood Pressure, Lab Work, and Emotional Support for the family. S.T.A.B.L.E. is considered by neonatal educators and leaders in neonatology to be the follow-up, complementary program to the American Academy of Pediatrics/American Heart Association Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP).
The S.T.A.B.L.E. Cardiac Module provides general guidelines for the assessment and stabilization of neonates with suspected congenital heart disease (CHD). Prompt, effective, appropriate care of neonates with severe CHD can reduce secondary organ damage in short and long-term outcomes and reduce morbidity and mortality. This course is beneficial for any neonatal or pediatric healthcare provider (physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists) who must identify and care for neonates or infants with congenital heart disease.
The Neonatal Resuscitation Program is designed to teach an evidence-based approach to resuscitation of the newborn. The causes, prevention, and management of mild to severe neonatal asphyxia are carefully explained so that health professionals may develop optimal knowledge and skill in resuscitation.
We are pleased to offer the following educational activities to our primary care, pediatrician and obstetrician physicians in the region. This includes educational chart reviews focusing on the neonatal stabilization care and subsequent hospital course given to neonates transferred from your institution to Valley Children’s NICU.
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Valley Children's Hospital is dedicated to the education and success of our referring and community hospitals and healthcare facilities. The vision of our Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist team is to partner in consultation on clinical and professional practice issues to ensure the best possible outcomes for our neonatal population. Upon request, specific consultations can be designed to meet the needs of your facility.
Valley Children’s Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit presents quarterly Morbidity and Mortality (M&M) Conferences. These conferences are designed to educate physicians, registered nurses, respiratory therapists, and other healthcare professionals about topics related to mortality and morbidity of the neonatal population. No registration or fees are required to attend these conferences.
Valley Children's Hospital now offers Therapeutic Hypothermia treatment for infants who meet criteria that are suspected of having moderate to severe Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE). This therapy involves body cooling to 33.5°C for 72 hours.
HIE can be a serious brain dysfunction that may present shortly after birth. Recent studies have shown that when therapeutic hypothermia is initiated within six hours of birth, the incidence of death or severe disability is reduced.
This course is a two hour program designed to complement both the Neonatal Resuscitation program and the S.T.A.B.L.E. program. The program emphasizes the critical processes required for team performance.