Friday Fast Five - meet Amy Medland

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 Amy Medland Registered Nurse and NICAP Trainee at the Australasian NIDCAP Training Centre.


What is your role?

I am a Registered Nurse in GCNIC.


What made you decide to undertake I NIDCAP training?

I have always had a passion for supporting and educating families in ways in which they can support their baby through their stay in the NICU. I knew NIDCAP would help me develop these skills within the surgical NICU. From having finished my FINE training, I felt I had only just scratched the surface on developmentally supportive care and wanted to be able to further explore the principles of this care.


In your opinion how does NIDCAP potentially benefit neonates, families and staff?

I feel NIDCAP benefits everyone in the NICU as the care is individualised to the infant through their methods of communication. This allows families and staff to be able to better understand and interpret what the infant is saying and adjust their response in a way that will positively affect the infant not only during their stay in the NICU but into their childhood and later in life.


What are you hoping to achieve personally and professionally by completing NIDCAP Training?

Personally, from NIDCAP, I want to expand my knowledge and skills in developmentally supportive care to be able to provide the most appropriate care to all the infants in the NICU. Professionally, I hope to be able to continue to educate and support families and my colleagues to be able to interpret what the neonate is communicating and assist them to be able to allow the neonate to have a positive outcome from their stay in the NICU.


What do you hope the Australasian NIDCAP Training Centre achieves?

I hope that it continues to train more NIDCAP Professionals and that this training expands beyond the walls of the Children’s Hospital and into other neonatal units across the country. I cannot wait to see what the future of the Training Centre holds for our vulnerable little miracles!!


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