A series of training on multidisciplinary practice in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) was held at LIH Olivia’s Place Beijing from 12-23 July. The training program was designed to integrate theoretical and practical components. Prof. Sandra Rogers, of Pacific University (Oregon, US) and Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association, and Prof. Fengyi Kuo, LIH Healthcare Occupational Therapy Corporate Lead, jointly provided a 2-day face-to-face training. Following that training, a 6-week online technical certification course was completed by physicians, therapists, and nurse teams from LIH Olivia’s Place Beijing, LIH SkyCity Rehabilitation Hospital Kunming, and LIH Olivia’s Place Shenzhen.
Training content included babies’ development in utero, nursing models for newborns, stress signals, interpretation of APGAR, and positioning, evaluation and feeding of newborns.
In the class, learners were not only presented with theory but also video demonstration and manual manipulation for positioning and feeding babies, in order to smoothly transfer theoretical knowledge to clinical practice. Participants were required to pass an online test before finishing each day’s course content in order to reinforce theoretical foundations, fill in gaps, and foster discussion and exchange of ideas among peers.
Professor Roger’s passion for teaching was evident and many students commented that they learn a lot from the course, because the content was well structured and very practical.