Date of Award

Spring 3-13-2018

Degree Type

Final Project

Degree Name

DNP Doctor of Nursing Practice




Mary Ellen Roberts, D.N.P.

Committee Member

Katherine Hinic, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Theresa Uva, MSN


According to the AHA and the AAP, approximately 10% of newborns require some assistance to begin breathing at birth; less than 1% need extensive resuscitative measures to survive (2015). There is an abundance of evidence-based literature on the need for neonatal resuscitation readiness. However much of this literature is targeted toward teamwork efforts during the act of resuscitation. This DNP scholarly project is to take a step back to improve the actual set-up component required for neonatal resuscitation. There can be instances in which equipment is not properly set-up or the set-up is not appropriate for the gestational age of the newborn. Based on the PICO format the question for this project: Does initiating a comprehensive pre-resuscitation checklist increase neonatal resuscitation readiness? This can be the foundation for further studies on neonatal outcomes based on neonatal resuscitation and use of a neonatal resuscitation checklist on neonatal outcomes.