FiCare Toolkit & Resources

In the FICare Toolkit, you will find a wealth of resources to enable you to fully implement FICare in your unit. The Toolkit is intended to guide you through the early stages of implementation (e.g, planning and self-assessment resources), provide resources for staff training, and offer a wealth of parent education materials. We encourage you to adapt these resources to fit your needs.

FICARE TOOLKIT

Planning & Engagement

In order to move forward in the implementation of FICare, the first steps involve assessing the current policies, practices, and culture in your particular unit. Tools for assessing and planning are found below.

Program Development

The tools included in this section will allow you to establish and maintain FICare in your unit, and are designed to fulfill the 4 pillars of FICare. Any NICU can incorporate aspects of each pillar, regardless of size. Use the resources that work with your particular unit; as always, flexibility and creativity are encouraged.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Videos

These videos were developed to help educate viewers about FICare, and to provide additional training materials for sites interested in implementing FICare.

Links

These links and resources are provided to support learning for staff and parents.

  • Canadian Premature Babies Foundation – “Our Purpose is to prevent preterm birth through education and research, and support the best standards of care for premature babies.”
  • Bliss – “…working to provide the best possible care and support for all premature and sick babies and their families.”
  • Life with a Preterm Baby – This is a program for families of preterm infants and will serve as a support network following discharge as families transition from the NICU to their first months at  home
  • Miracle Babies provide an invaluable resource and support service for mums and families of premature babies.
  • EFCNI European Foundation for the Care of Newborn Infants
  • Support4NICUParents.org – “…improving the level of psychosocial support provided to NICU parents – as well as improving training and support for those who provide care in NICUs.”  For supplemental information, access the Journal of Perinatology December 2015
  • Comforting Your Baby In Intensive Care by Professor Linda Franck – A booklet written for parents to help them learn about infant pain and the important role parents can play, in partnership with the health care team, to keep their baby comfortable during intensive care
  • NICU Parent Education Resources. To help you and your NICU team talk to parents about their newborns’ conditions and treatments
  • Gibbins Sharyn RN/PhD, Hoath Steven B MD, Coughlin Mary RN/MS, Gibbins Alan and Franck Linda RN/PhD. The Universe of Developmental Care: A New Conceptual Model for Application in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Foundations in Newborn Care. 8(3): 141-147.
  • Coughlin Mary RN/MS, Lohman Mary Beth OTR/BCP and Gibbins Sharyn RN/PhD.
  • Reliability and Effectiveness of an Infant Positioning Assessment Tool to Standardize – Developmentally Supportive Positioning Practices in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Newborn and Infant Nursing Reviews. 2010. 10(2): 104-106.
  • Coughlin Mary, Gibbins Sharyn and Hoath Steven. Core measures for developmentally supportive care in neonatal intensive care units: theory, precedence and practice. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 2009. 65(10): 2239-2248
  • Quraishy Karyn MSPT/CEMI/CST, Bowles Susan M DNP/RNC-NIC and Moore James PhD/PT/PCS. A Protocol for Swaddled Bathing in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Newborn and Infant Nursing Review. 13: 48-50.
  •  Coughlin Mary RN/MS, Lohman Mary Beth OTR/BCP and Gibbins Sharyn RN/PhD. Reliability and Effectiveness of an Infant Positioning Assessment Tool to Standardize Developmentally Supportive Positioning Practices in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Newborn and Infant Nursing Reviews. 10(2): 104-106.
  • Altimier Leslie RN/MSN/DNPc/NEA-BC and Phillips Raylene M MD/MA/IBCLC/FAAP. The Neonatal Integrative Developmental Care Model: Seven Neuroprotective Core Measures for Family-Centered Developmental Care. Newborn and Infant Nursing Reviews. 13: 9-22.