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Authors

  1. Hiner, Jacqueline MSN/Ed, RNC-OB
  2. Pyka, Jeanine MSN, RNC-MNN
  3. Burks, Colleen RNC-OB, C-EFM
  4. Pisegna, Lily MBAH, BSN, RNC, NE-BC
  5. Gador, Rachel Ann RN

Abstract

Ensuring the safety of infants born in a hospital is a top priority and, therefore, requires a solid infant security plan. Using an interdisciplinary approach and a systematic change process, nursing leadership in collaboration with clinical nurses and security personnel analyzed the infant security program at this community hospital to identify vulnerabilities. By establishing an interdisciplinary approach to infant security, participants were able to unravel a complicated concept, systematically analyze the gaps, and agree to a plan of action. This resulted in improved communication and clarification of roles between the nursing and security divisions. Supply costs decreased by 17.4% after the first year of implementation. Most importantly, this project enhanced and strengthened the existing infant abduction prevention measures, hard wired the importance of infant security, and minimized vulnerabilities.