A Web-Based Module to Enhance BSN Students' Knowledge and Confidence in Teaching Parents About Newborn Behavior

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Abstract

As an adjunct to traditional instructional strategies, students enrolled in a Bachelor of Science in Nursing maternity course completed a Web-based module called “HUG Your Baby” (HYB) about newborn behavior, interpreting and responding to an infant's cues and body language, and teaching new parents. Students who completed the HYB program were compared with students enrolled in another semester of the same maternity course in which only traditional teaching strategies were used. Both groups were compared on knowledge and confidence about newborn behaviors and teaching new parents. Knowledge and confidence scores increased significantly in both groups from beginning to end of the semester. Students who completed the HYB program demonstrated a significantly greater increase in knowledge and confidence compared with students who did not complete the HYB program. Students highly rated the HYB program and recommended it for incorporation into the maternity course.

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