First and Last Name/s of Presenters

Sarah PurcellFollow

Mentor/s

Dr. Eileen Yost, PhD, MSN, RNC, CNE

Location

University Commons

Start Day/Time

4-21-2017 1:00 PM

End Day/Time

4-21-2017 3:00 PM

Abstract

Hyperbilirubinemia, commonly referred to as Newborn Jaundice, is a condition caused by an excessive amount of accumulated bilirubin in the blood due to the destruction of red blood cells at birth. As the level of bilirubin rises in the newborn’s bloodstream, the infant presents with a yellowing of the skin and eyes (sclera). Hyperbilirubinemia affects up to 84% of term newborns. Due to the prevalence of the disorder, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends all newborns be screened for jaundice prior to discharge from the hospital (Muchowski, 2014).

While attending my capstone clinical experience at Greenwich Hospital on the Mother/Baby unit, it became apparent that parents lacked an understanding of the disorder. The nurses were often questioned by the parents, and it was evident that some nurses were unsure how to share information about the condition at a level for the patient to best understand; thus, causing information provided to parents to be inconsistent or misunderstood. The purpose of this capstone project was to create a teaching tool for the maternity nurses to use as a way to provide consistent and accurate education, while supporting patient-friendly care to newborn parents regarding about hyperbilirubinemia.

College

College of Nursing

College and Major available

Nursing BSN

Keywords

Hyperbilirubinemia, Newborns, Infants, Jaundice, Bilyrubin

Document Type

Poster

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Resource Guide for Nurses: Patient Teaching on Newborn Jaundice (Hyperbilirubinemia)

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Hyperbilirubinemia, commonly referred to as Newborn Jaundice, is a condition caused by an excessive amount of accumulated bilirubin in the blood due to the destruction of red blood cells at birth. As the level of bilirubin rises in the newborn’s bloodstream, the infant presents with a yellowing of the skin and eyes (sclera). Hyperbilirubinemia affects up to 84% of term newborns. Due to the prevalence of the disorder, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends all newborns be screened for jaundice prior to discharge from the hospital (Muchowski, 2014).

While attending my capstone clinical experience at Greenwich Hospital on the Mother/Baby unit, it became apparent that parents lacked an understanding of the disorder. The nurses were often questioned by the parents, and it was evident that some nurses were unsure how to share information about the condition at a level for the patient to best understand; thus, causing information provided to parents to be inconsistent or misunderstood. The purpose of this capstone project was to create a teaching tool for the maternity nurses to use as a way to provide consistent and accurate education, while supporting patient-friendly care to newborn parents regarding about hyperbilirubinemia.

 

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