Melnyk's COPE program featured by National Institute of Nursing Research

Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FNAP, FAAN, associate vice president for health promotion, university chief wellness officer, and dean of the College of Nursing is featured for her program to help parents of premature infants in this month’s National Institute of Nursing Research “Because of Nursing Research.”  Melnyk and her associates designed a program called Creating Opportunities for Parent Empowerment, or COPE, that helps parents gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to improve their caregiving abilities and alleviate stress as they care for their premature babies.

As stated in the article, Melnyk explains that: "The COPE program helps parents feel more confident with their special babies and interact more appropriately with them to facilitate their development. This translates to less stress, less depression, better parenting, and healthier children."    

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