About a year ago I moved from a large level IIIb NICU where developmental care/NIDCAP was a huge priority to a medium sized NICU level IIIC in a large academic hospital where developmental care has not been implemented. I was never one of the huge developmental care advocates in my old hospital but now that I am working in an NICU without developmental care (loud, bright, non-grouped cares, spotty swaddling, every day baths, no sleep preservation, long periods of crying is acceptable, etc.) I am desperate to seem some developmental care implemented.
My new job has many nurses who have been there 20+ years and have very rigid ways of doing things. I fear that trying to get developmental care implemented is going to be an up-hill battle especially as a relatively new employee trying to implement this change.
Has anyone had developmental care successfully introduced to their unit? What worked and what didn't? How did you get the nurses and all other workers in the infant's environment to adopt developmentally friendly attitudes and behaviors? Thanks for any advice and insight!