Translating infant safe sleep evidence into nursing practice

Sarah J.M. Shaefer, Sandra E. Herman, Sandra J. Frank, Mary Adkins, Mary Terhaar

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The authors describe a 4-year demonstration project (2004-2007) to reduce infant deaths related to sleep environments by changing attitudes and practices among nurses who work with African American parents and caregivers in urban Michigan hospitals. An approach was developed for creating sustainable change in nursing practice by implementing nursing practice policies that could be monitored through quality improvement processes already established within the hospital organization. Following the policy change effort, nurses changed their behavior and placed infants on the back to sleep.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)618-626
Number of pages9
JournalJOGNN - Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Back to sleep
  • Evidence based practice
  • Infant safe sleep
  • Research adoption
  • Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
  • Sudden unexpected infant death (SUID)
  • Translation research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics
  • Critical Care
  • Maternity and Midwifery

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