Program for family visits in the provision of early intervention services.
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THE FIRST FAMILY VISITING SPECIALISTS
Information for nurses and midwives
Nurses and midwives are acknowledged as essential members of multidisciplinary teams that focus on addressing social determinants of health, promoting positive childhood outcomes, and enhancing health literacy. These healthcare professionals are primarily responsible for delivering direct patient care and maintaining extensive interpersonal connections. To effectively offer crucial knowledge to the families they assist and to evaluate their readiness for parenthood, they must attain proficiencies pertaining to physiological and psychological changes during pregnancy, newborn and infant safety, the significance of fostering parent-child bonding, and the establishment and preservation of a secure environment.
Community and general practice nurses, along with midwives, are required to successfully complete the Family Nurse Partnership Programme prior to commencing their service provision.
Info for Family
While family visitation services are still relatively new in Lithuania, they have been established worldwide for quite some time. The practice of visiting families in their homes, providing guidance, and assisting them in preparing for parenthood is backed by scientific research. Despite the limited number of family visitation specialists in Lithuania, their significance cannot be overlooked. Professor Aurelija Blaževičienė, who leads the project "Developing a Model for Family Visiting in Early Intervention Services," showcased the initial experiences of Lithuania's first family visiting professionals in a poster presentation during the International Council of Nurses (ICN) World Congress held in Montreal, Canada, from July 1st to 5th. The Congress centered around the topic "Nurses Together: A Force for Global Health" and drew over 6,000 participants from 150 countries. The presentations were warmly received, and the chance to exchange best practices with researchers from other nations further enhances the project's value during the implementation phase.