For Newborn Nursery Staff, Clinic Nurses and Public Health Nurses

SIDS & Safe Infant Sleep conference DVD available

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A DVD of the April 29, 2008 teleconference entitled SIDS & Safe Infant Sleep: From the Newborn Nursery to Home is now available from the MN SID Center. This teleconference for newborn nursery staff and public health nurses included presentations by a medical examiner, a medical director of special care nursery, and the director of the MN SID Center.

The manual Modeling Safe Infant Sleep Practices: Developing Partnerships Between Public Health and the Newborn Nursery includes resource articles, bibliography, national and state data, and a sample nursery policy. It addresses issues such as co-bedding twins, bed sharing, breastfeeding and use of maternal medications, as well as strategies to create staff compliance with best practice.

The DVD and accompanying manual can be obtained for $10 by contacting the MN SID Center at (612) 813-6285 or 1 (800) 732-3812 (toll free) or by completing the order form.

Sudden Unexpected Infant Death: Infant Mortality Trends, Parental Grief and the Role of the Public Health Nurse

View a video conference entitled Sudden Unexpected Infant Death: Infant Mortality Trends, Parental Grief and the Role of the Public Health Nurse. Sponsored by the MN Department of Health and the Minnesota SID Center featured speakers are Susan Mewborn LICSW, the Center's Mental Health Consultant, and Kathleen Fernbach BSN, RN, PHN, Center Director. The training conducted in June 2010 is designed to prepare public health nurses to offer bereavement home visits and support to families after the death of a child. Watch the video conference.

NICHD Curriculum for Nurses: Continuing Education Program on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Risk Reduction

Nurses are among the most trusted advisors and role models for families, especially on the subject of infant health and sleep safety. SIDS is the leading cause of death among infants from one month to one year of age, but there are ways to reduce the risk. Knowing SIDS risk-reduction techniques and how to communicate effectively with parents and other caregivers can help you make a difference in just a few minutes.

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and its partners developed a FREE continuing education (CE) program on SIDS risk reduction for nurses. Nurses who complete the course will receive 1.1 CE credit hours from the Maryland Nurses Association. Access the curriculum.