Neonatal Nurses and Midwives Trained in Essential Care for Newborns

YEREVAN, Armenia – On September 26-27, 2019, the Avedisian Onanian Center for Health Services Research and Development (CHSR) of the Turpanjian School of Public Health (SPH), American University of Armenia (AUA), held a two-day training for nurses practicing in neonatal units of different maternity hospitals in Yerevan, Armenia. The training was led by Talin Gulgulian, MSN, clinical instructor from Hariri School of Nursing of the American University of Beirut. Gulgulian is an experienced nurse leader in neonatal and child health care.

The training aimed to inform direct care nurses and midwives about acute situations in which neonatal resuscitation and respiratory support might be needed, and to teach the participating nurses how to manage those important clinical processes. During the training, the participants were updated on the neonatal delivery room resuscitation and demonstrated ability in providing support to newborns using different models, such as bag mask ventilation, positive pressure ventilation machines, and others. In addition, the training focused on fundamental principles of newborn nutrition and the importance of breastfeeding.

Overall 20 nurses from six health care facilities participated in the training. The Ministry of Health of the Republic of Armenia accredited both the theoretical and practical components of the two-day training curriculum and granted nine continuing professional development credits. Many participants mentioned that the knowledge and skills they had gained during the training were very useful and relevant and helped them to update their practical skill set.

The AUA Turpanjian School of Public Health works actively to improve population health and health services in Armenia and the region through interdisciplinary education and development of public health professionals to be leaders in public health, health services research and evaluation, and health care delivery and management.