1. Smith, Pamela C. MSN, RN
  2. Yonkaitis, Catherine F. DNP, RN, NCSN, PHNA-BC


Professional development is essential for the ongoing professional growth of nurses and ensures employers and patients that staff have current knowledge in the field. But what happens when there's no budget for professional development? This quality improvement project describes the use of a nurse champion intervention for a professional development program for perinatal home health nurses at a nonprofit health organization. A nurse champion mentors and advocates for nurse colleagues during a change project. In this case, the nurse champion partnered with nurse educators from the supporting hospital and instituted a program to provide regular professional development content to perinatal home health nurses. Results showed their level of confidence in providing prenatal, labor and delivery, and early pediatric education improved. Level of confidence in providing postpartum education stayed the same, and level of confidence in providing neonatal intensive care unit education decreased. The Nurse Champion Education Program was a budget-friendly solution that fostered professional nursing development. Although this intervention was applied to a specific population, all home health nurses could benefit from a nurse champion education model in their professional setting.