ERIC Number: ED468577
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jun-28
Reference Count: N/A
Caring for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities: A Continuing Education Program for Nurses. Final Report.
Garland, Corinne W.; Kniest, Barbara A.
This final report discusses activities and outcomes of "Caring for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities: A Continuing Education Program for Nurses (CFIT Nurses)," a Virginia program designed to develop and implement a model of training to ensure that nurse practitioners and registered nurses have the information and skills needed to be full participants in community-based early intervention systems of services for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. Working with a State Leadership Planning Group of key stakeholders, CFIT Nurse developed a model of training that combines an introductory seminar with independent study. The curriculum includes information related to the nurses role in child find, evaluation and assessment, Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) development, IFSP implementation and service coordination, and transition. The introductory seminar uses an interdisciplinary panel to present information about the early intervention system, share family stories, and present strategies nurses can use to increase their early intervention involvement. A comprehensive 400-page manual that includes 3 audiotapes, practice activities, supplementary readings, and state and national resources supports the independent study. The training was field-tested with 284 participants. Nurses made significant gains in knowledge and competency and were highly satisfied with project materials. Appendices include curriculum materials. (Contains 27 references.) (Author/CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Child Development Resources, Norge, VA.
Identifiers - Location: Virginia