Staff perception one year after implementation of the the newborn individualized developmental care and assessment program (NIDCAP)

J Pediatr Nurs. 2010 Apr;25(2):89-97. doi: 10.1016/j.pedn.2009.11.004.


The Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program (NIDCAP) was piloted at one NICU. Staff perception of impact and the feasibility of applying the program was explored in a survey and a focus group interview. NIDCAP was perceived to impact positively on infant well-being and parents' way of caring. Although the influence of NIDCAP on staff working conditions and job perfomance was overall positive, their perceptions varied. Presence of the NIDCAP observer and empowerment of parents was challenging to some nurses, especially in terms of decision making in care. Conflicts of interest occurred between staff member need of light and infant need of light reduction.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Developmental Disabilities / nursing*
  • Female
  • Health Plan Implementation / organization & administration*
  • Hospitals, University
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Infant, Premature
  • Intensive Care Units, Neonatal
  • Intensive Care, Neonatal / organization & administration*
  • Male
  • Medical Staff, Hospital / statistics & numerical data
  • Neonatal Nursing / standards*
  • Neonatal Nursing / trends
  • Norway
  • Nursing Assessment / statistics & numerical data
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / statistics & numerical data
  • Pilot Projects
  • Precision Medicine / trends
  • Program Development
  • Program Evaluation
  • Quality of Health Care
  • Surveys and Questionnaires