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Debriefing, a facilitator-guided reflection of an educational experience or critical incident, is an important tool in improving the safety and quality of practice in the NICU. Unlike feedback, which is often a one-way discussion, debriefing is a purposeful, 2-way reflective discussion which is based on experiential learning theory. The purpose of this article is to review the theoretical basis of debriefing and describe styles and tools for debriefing that can be applied in the NICU.
ADVOCACY HAS LONG BEEN DESCRIBED AS AN INHERENT PART of our role as nurses. Who better to speak for, or support patients and their families than nurses? For neonatal nurses this is especially true. Patient vulnerability is cited as a common reason that nurses take the role of an advocate.1 No population is more vulnerable than a sick or premature newborn, and, by extension, their parents.