Document Type

Final Project

Graduation Date

Spring 5-8-2021

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice

First Advisor

Tiffany A Moore

Second Advisor

Susan Barnason


Objective: The objective of this feasibility study was to examine the implementation and usefulness of an intervention for extremely premature infant (EPI) caregivers.

Results: One caregiver and five nurses provided feedback with a mean score of 4.4 out of 5 pertaining to helpfulness.

Conclusions: Implementation of the Caregiver’s Guide was feasible and was positively received by NICU nurses and caregivers. We recommend implementing a revised version of this tool based on nurse and caregiver feedback. The delivery of education should be divided between dayshift and nightshift nurses so that one nurse is not responsible for providing all the information. The education should be categorized by gestational age and day of life and only given when it is pertinent to the care of the child. A section should be added to include a quick reference guide for the medical jargon used in the NICU.