Friday Fast Five - Meet Kate Nagle

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 Kate Nagle, Clinical Nurse Specialist and NIDCAP Trainee from the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

What is your role?

I am a Clinical Nurse Specialist in PICU at CHW. I care for sick babies, infants, children and adolescents.

What made you decide to undertake NIDCAP training?

I am passionate about neurodevelopmental care and I have taken the lead role in implementing neurodevelopmental care PICU at CHW. I believe NIDCAP will help increase my knowledge in neurodevelopmental care and improve the care we give to babies in PICU. I also want to see continuity of care of babies coming from NICU and PICU

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

NIDCAP benefits neonates by helping to decrease their stress levels, which improves their brain function. It helps families by encouraging family centred care and bonding. It also benefits staff by NIDCAP helping them look after neonates in the best evidence based way.

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

By completing NIDCAP training I am hoping to achieve greater confidence in the way I look after neonates. As well as knowing the best way to support vulnerable babies and easily identifying their behavioural cues and appropriate individualised goals.

What do you hope the Australasian NIDCAP Training Centre achieves?

Educating and training more healthcare centres around the world about NIDCAP and its benefits.

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