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  1. Lohr, Kimberly A. DNP, RN, NNP-BC, PPCNP-BC


Background: Late preterm infants in the Maternal Child Services Department at a Midwestern medical center were cared for in 3 separate nursing units. Standardization of care was a performance goal for the Department.


Purpose: A quality improvement process was implemented that included planning, teaching, performance application, and evaluation of evidence-based practice guidelines for care of the late preterm infant.


Methods: A web-based teaching module was developed to introduce nursing care guidelines for late preterm infants to the nursing staff.


Results: Analysis of the pre-and posttest scores embedded in the educational video showed a statistically significant increase in the nurses' knowledge about potential complications of infants born between 34 and 36 weeks' gestation.


Implications for Practice: Quality improvement process increases nurses' knowledge about care of the late preterm infant and can lead to standardization of care.


Implications for Research: Ongoing quality improvement monitoring is needed for sustainability.