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Digital Seminar

Knowing More Than the ABCs to Promote Safe Infant Sleep Practices

Stephanie Abbu, DNP, RN, CNML
1 Hour 10 Minutes
Audio and Video
Dec 11, 2023
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NICU graduates, especially those with racial/ethnic disparities are at a high risk for sudden unexpected infant death (SUID).  Learn how to successfully establish a safe sleep program in the hospital setting and help parents transition these practices to home. Tactics to talk with families about safe sleep and risk reduction strategies will be presented. Next steps will focus on sustaining our efforts and increasing community engagement to further decrease SUID rates. 


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Stephanie Abbu, DNP, RN, CNML's Profile

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Stephanie Abbu, DNP, RN, CNML, is Manager for Neonatal Services at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. As a second career nurse, she has 18 years of healthcare experience as a registered nurse, assistant manager, business coordinator, and manager. Dr. Abbu is a national speaker on neonatal care, nursing research, nursing practice and professionalism, mentoring, leadership, and family and patient engagement. As a member of the TN Initiative for Perinatal Quality Care Collaborative for the past decade, she is a nurse leader devoted to improving the outcomes of mothers and babies.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Stephanie Abbu has employment relationships with Synova Associates and Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital. She was a previous consultant with Aspect Imaging. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Stephanie Abbu is a member of the Academy of Neonatal Nursing, the American Nurses Association, the Tennessee Nurses Association, and the National Association of Neonatal Nurses. She is a contributing editor for Neonatal Network and serves on the editorial board for Empowered Nurse. She is a peer reviewer for The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing and Nursing Management.

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  1. Analyze the history of safe sleep practices 
  2. Identify barriers and opportunities to promote infant sleep safety in the hospital and after discharge 
  3. Recognize effective communication techniques for family engagement 
  4. Discuss the importance of developing a safe sleep program 


History of safe sleep practices 

  • Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) defined 
  • AAP recommendations – 30 years of evidence 

In hospital initiatives / safe sleep program 

  • Policy development 
  • Crib cards 
  • Model behavior 
  • Sleep sacks 
  • Discharge gift 

Barriers / opportunities in NICU and nursery 

  • Family and Staff Education  
  • Developmental Care 
  • Supportive positioning 
  • Staff workload and personal experiences 

Health Disparities 

  • Mortality gap 
  • State variations 
  • Racial/Ethnic trends 
  • Decreasing racial disparities 

Home health / pediatrician office follow up 

  • Discuss sleep safety 
  • Assess sleep environment 
  • Risk reduction efforts 

Next steps 

  • Sustainability tactics 
  • Community engagement 

Target Audience

  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapy Assistants
  • Physician Assistants
  • Other Professions


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