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Research Article  |   June 1994
Developing Competency in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: A Hospital Training Program
Author Affiliations
  • Ann S. Hyde, MA, OTR, is Pediatric Clinical Specialist, Neonatal/Pediatrics, Glendale Adventist Medical Center, Occupational Therapy Department, 1509 Wilson Terrace, Glendale, California 91206
  • Barbara W. Jonkey, MS, PT, is Staff III Physical Therapist, Neonatal/Pediatrics, Glendale Adventist Medical Center, Glendale, California
Article Information
Pediatric Evaluation and Intervention / Special Issue on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Research Article   |   June 1994
Developing Competency in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: A Hospital Training Program
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, June 1994, Vol. 48, 539-545. doi:10.5014/ajot.48.6.539
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, June 1994, Vol. 48, 539-545. doi:10.5014/ajot.48.6.539
Abstract

There are few specialized programs available to train occupational therapists and physical therapists to treat competently in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), yet hospitals are trying to fill such positions and the need for advanced training is essential. A hospital-based program that provides clinical NICU training to therapists from other hospitals is presented. The program is short-term and highly individualized and emphasizes learning pertinent medical information, nonintrusive evaluation skills, and therapeutic intervention with advanced clinical judgment.