Friday Fast Five - meet Kirsty Minter

Each month we interview individuals associated with the Australasian NIDCAP Training Centre and the broader NIDCAP Federation International (NFI) community, asking them five questions that explore their association with our unit and NIDCAP.

This month, meet Kirsty Minter, Nurse Educator and NIDCAP Trainee from Grace Centre for Newborn Intensive Care at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney Australia.

 

What is your role?  Nurse Educator in Grace centre for Newborn Intensive Care.

What made you decide to undertake NIDCAP training? After completing my FINE 1 & 2 training I found that I wanted to further extend my knowledge and ability in understanding the behaviour of babies and implementing appropriate support.

I wanted to shift my focus to the clinical area and more specifically towards supporting parents and staff to be able to respond to babies in a developmentally supportive way.  I have a strong passion for empowering parents, listening to their thoughts about their baby and encouraging them to be involved in their baby’s care. I was also looking for a new and different challenge in my role and I feel NIDCAP will provide me with this challenge.

In your opinion how does NIDCAP potentially benefit neonates, families and staff? I believe NIDCAP provides staff and families with the ability to understand what a baby is trying to tell them and make changes to the way that care is implemented to improve outcomes for babies and their families.

I feel NIDCAP changes how staff think about the way care is planned and how the family is involved in their baby’s care. Ultimately this benefits everyone in the NICU; the baby receives individualised care improving their neurodevelopmental outcomes; the family feels empowered and more involved in the care of their baby, improving bonding and overall feelings of wellbeing in families and the staff feel positive about the high quality individualised care they provide.

What are you hoping to achieve personally and professionally by completing NIDCAP Training? Personally I want to improve my own knowledge and skills in providing care that is individualised and developmentally supportive.

 Professionally, being an educator, I am keen to share this knowledge with the staff and parents in the unit. My passion for parents and their involvement in their baby’s care may see my training take me in the direction of implementing changes to continue to increase the role of the parents and families in the NICU.

What do you hope the Australasian NIDCAP Training Centre achieves? I hope that every NICU has a NIDCAP specialist who can advocate for the neurodevelopmental care of neonates and provide support and education to the staff and parents in that unit.

Ideally, it would be incredible for every staff member in every unit to have received some level of developmental care training, dream big I say!

Editor's note: The views of individuals do not represent the view of the Australasian NIDCAP Training Centre.