The Implementation of a Neonatal Nurse Training Program at the Riley Mother Baby Hospital of Kenya

Document Type



Paediatrics and Child Health (East Africa)


Objective: The study evaluated the effectiveness of a neonatal nurse-training program in improving knowledge, patient care practices and processes of nurses in a neonatal intensive care unit in a resource-limited setting.

Design/Methods: The study was a pre-post intervention design assessing a nurse-training program in Kenya.

Results: We found a significant improvement in the primary outcome of nursing competency assessed on measures of knowledge and patient care practices post-intervention (p < 0.0001).

There was a decrease in the median length of stay post-intervention (p = 0.03). After controlling for birth weight, mortality rate was significantly reduced post-intervention, OR 0.63 (95% CI:0.42–0.99).

Conclusions: In conclusion, a nurse training program, using a modified S.T.A.B.L.E. Program, among nurses in a resource-limited setting can significantly improve nurse competency and the quality of patient care as measured by improvement in knowledge, processes and crucial patient outcomes such as mortality.


This work was published before the author joined Aga Khan University.

Publication (Name of Journal)

Newborn and Infant Nursing Reviews