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College of Health Professions
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Purpose. The purpose of this study was to determine the suction practices of the registered nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit.
Design. A descriptive research design was used to describe the suctioning practices of the registered nurse providing care to the neonatal patient.
Method. Data were collected through the use of demographic and knowledge questionnaires. Frequency and percentages of responses were determined. The independent samples t test was used to determine what, if any, differences in practice existed based upon nursing education, nursing experience, or NICU experience.
Findings. The results of this study demonstrated that the current practices were not always based upon current research findings. No significant differences (p # .05) were found to exist based upon nursing education, nursing experience, or NICU experience.
Conclusion. Further research is needed to determine both the safety and efficacy of these interventions upon the neonatal population.
Neonatal intensive care.
Infants (Newborn) -- Hospital care.
Register, Craig H., "A survey of neonatal suction techniques performed by registered nurses" (2002). Theses, Dissertations and Capstones. 809.