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Subject Matter Expert (SME)
PASafeSleep Train-the-Trainer 4-hour Program
This evidence-informed program is intended for select clinical nurses who will engage in more intensive didactic and simulation training to prepare them as Subject Matter Experts (SMEs). The SMEs will be the experts to train and guide the other staff on the principles and education of safe sleep. They will learn how to be role models at their clinical sites and provide on-going peer support.
The program focuses on:
Evaluation of evidence-informed practice guidelines and the scientific basis and strength of recommendations for safe sleep practices
Evaluation of an evidenced based template of a PASafeSleep Nursing Policy
Preparation in surveillance of safe sleep practices at their hospital clinical site such as assessments, observations, monitoring and audits of health record documentation, and techniques and record keeping for peer review assessments and monitoring
Engagement in simulation scenarios based on the REACH to Teach Health Literacy conversations approach and the 19 American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations
Before entering the program, attendees are asked to complete two on-line modules and the PASafeSleep Nursing Policy. In addition, attendees are asked to review two publications by the American Academy of Pediatrics; (AAP)
(1) Moon RY, Carlin RF, Hand I; AAP Task Force on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome; AAP Committee on Fetus and Newborn. Sleep-Related Infant Deaths: Updated 2022 Recommendations for Reducing Infant Deaths in the Sleep Environment. Pediatrics. 2022;150(1):e2022057990
(2) Moon R, Carlin R, Hand I, et al. Evidence Base for 2022 Updated Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment to Reduce the Risk of Sleep-Related Infant Deaths. Pediatrics. 2022;150(1):e2022057991
(3) Stringer, M., Ohnishi, B.R., Ferrarello, D., Lazzeri, J., Giordano, N., & Polomano, R., (2022) Statewide infant safe sleep program and nurse subject matter experts. MCN: The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing 2022 Nov-Dec 01; 47(6), 337-344 DOI: 10.1097/NMC.0000000000000859
(4) Fulmer M, Zachritz W, Posencheg MA. Intensive Care Neonates and Evidence to Support the Elimination of Hats for Safe Sleep. Adv Neonatal Care. 2020 Jun;20(3):229-232. doi: 10.1097/ANC.0000000000000695. PMID: 31842154.
These scenarios are intended to provide the learner with examples of common conversations that often occur when healthcare providers are counseling their peers, patients, childcare givers and families about safe sleep practices to prevent SIDS and other sleep-related infant deaths.
Evidence-based, online, independent, interactive learning modules for all professional staff derived from the AAP Task Force Recommendations on SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths.
Upon completion of the modules, all nurses can take a post-knowledge survey to evaluate their learning and receive continuing education hours approved by the PA State Board of Nursing.
PASafeSleep Training Videos
Adoptive Parents Learn SIDS Risk Reduction Measures
Addressing Safe Sleep with Teenage Mothers
Parents Learn Safe Sleep for Their Preterm Baby
PSNA Contact Hour
This Pennsylvania State Nurses Association application sample can be used as a template to apply for continuing education credits to be awarded to users upon completion of the modules. Module 1 is eligible for 1 hour of credit and Module 2 is eligible for 0.75 hours of credit.