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Lindsey Scheller, Class of 2014

Enhancing Education in the NICU
The purpose of this residency project was to advocate for the premature infants and caregivers in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.   An initial needs assessment composed of a parent survey, individual therapist interviews, and an evidence-based literature review established the need for technology-based education.  As a result, enhancing the Vanderbilt Rehabilitation website became the focal point of the culminating project, specifically by creating a “Family Resource” tab on the homepage of the rehabilitation services website.  Through the “Family Resource” tab, families will be able to access the Vanderbilt NICU educational packet, pediatric developmental websites, educational videos, iPad/iPhone apps, and early intervention services.  In addition, the results of the needs assessment led to the development of an infant massage video and educational handouts that address clubfoot, lower extremity range of motion, and sensory system development in the NICU.  The educational materials created for the Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt will provide caregivers with additional resources to facilitate proper development of their premature infants.

Lindsey Scheller, Resident


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