Master of Science in Nursing Theses

Date Degree Awarded


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.)



Committee Chair

Angelia Mickle, D.N.P., RN, FNP-C, CEN

Second Committee Member

Joy Kim Higginbotham, M.S.N., PNP-C


Sudden infant death, SIDS, SUIDS, Anticipatory Guidance, Injury Prevention



Significance of the problem: Despite an overall drop in the rate of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) in the United States, equivalent increases of Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths (SUIDS) have occurred. SUIDS are infant deaths from suffocation, strangulation or other factors related to the infants sleeping environment; in 2011 the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) expanded the Back to Sleep recommendations to include SUIDS causes of death.

Relevant to nurses: Nurse Practitioners (NPs) play a key role in implementing Back to Sleep recommendations, yet there is a very little literature exploring the frequency and consistency with which NPs provide educational interventions among parents and infant care providers.

Purpose statement: Therefore, the purpose of this study is to assess the NPs knowledge and self-efficacy related to recommendations for a safe infant sleeping environment and whether NPs are providing anticipatory guidance regarding expanded AAP recommendations.

Methodology: This descriptive correlational study includes data collected by cross sectional survey and is guided by the transtheoretical model.



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