Friday Fast Five - meet Susan Vaughan!

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 Susan Vaughan Senior Staff Nurse, NIDCAP Certified Professional and FINE Faculty member from Cork University Maternity Hospital, Ireland.


How long have you been associated with the NIDCAP Federation International (NFI)?

I qualified as a NIDCAP professional in 2009 under the guidance of Nikk Conneman and Monique Oude Reimer.

What is your role in the NIDCAP international community?

I work in a level 111, 50 bedded NNU as a Senior Staff Nurse.  I am involved with the education and support of staff and parents in our unit and have the pleasure to lecture at the FINE program run yearly in Dublin Ireland by Inga Warren and Mary O’Connor.

What has been the most meaningful learning for you during your NIDCAP journey?

NIDCAP taught me the language of the preterm Babies, and to see their individuality. NIDCAP gives me the research-based knowledge to back up what I see and how best to support the baby’s individual needs and how to pass this knowledge to other staff and parents. For me the feeling I get when I have helped a parent to read their baby cues and helped them to support their baby will never grow old!

In your opinion how does NIDCAP potentially benefit new-borns, families and staff?

With NIDCAP we have the tools and the knowledge to understand the baby’s developing brain, to “read” what the babies are saying, to interpret their unique and individual strengths and weakness and to support them to achieve their best possible outcomes.

NIDCAP empowers parents to be their babies voice, it gives owner ship of the baby back to their parents as family centred care is a core component of NIDCAP.

For staff, the job satisfaction is unmeasurable, to be able to interpret what a preterm baby is saying and support that babies needs and to enable and empower parents. To know your care has supported the baby to reach their best possible outcome   

What do you hope NIDCAP training centres achieve now and in the future?

To continue their amazing work in Training multidisciplinary teams and supporting NIDCAP professionals in their work , to continue research in developmental care of Neonates so that we always strive to give the best possible care to all Neonates worldwide.

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