Title

Nurses' Adoption of the AWHONN/NANN Neonatal Skin Care Project

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2001

Abstract

The purpose of this project was to evaluate the nurses' adoption of the AWHONN/NANN Neonatal Skin Care Project Protocols that were implemented at 54 clinical sites across the United States, and to examine perceived barriers in the implementation process. One hundred thirty-six nurses from 26 hospitals returned the survey packets that included the Neonatal Nurse Opinion Survey and the Barriers Scale. Nurses had a higher-than-average level of education, describing themselves as leaders and innovators. In general, the protocols were well accepted and adopted into practice. Some protocols were not perceived as better than pre-existing practice, and nurses reported difficulty in the implementation of some protocols. The main barriers were a lack of skill in reading and understanding research, lack of authority, and lack of support from physicians and other staff. The project raised national awareness about neonatal skin care, involved nurses from the beginning and throughout the process, and removed several barriers to research utilization. © 2001 by W.B. Saunders Company.

Journal Title

Newborn and Infant Nursing Reviews

Volume

1

Issue

1

First Page

59

Last Page

67

DOI

10.1053/nbin.2001.21831

First Department

Nursing

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