College of Science and Health Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award

Spring 6-11-2021

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Michelle Newuman, DNP

Second Advisor

Shannon D. Simonovich


Abstract Background: Studies suggest that the implementation of high-quality education and support services for caregivers may reduce the incidence of unplanned harm to infants and young children under high-stress circumstances. Purpose: This study evaluates the usefulness of the Period of PURPLE Crying program in a high-acuity NICU at The University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital based on six measurable objectives. Methods: The study utilized a Likert-style pretest-posttest survey design to evaluate how the Period of PURPLE Crying program was perceived by NICU nurses. Nurses were educated on the program content during an in-service aimed to teach participants how to utilize the Period of PURPLE Crying program materials to support and educate families about Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS). Results: The intervention effectively increased nursing confidence in the delivery of the SBS and Abusive Head Trauma (AHT) education and increased accessibility to available resources pertaining to SBS and AHT. Questions pertaining specifically to the Period of PURPLE Crying presented exclusively on the posttest were met with an overwhelmingly positive response, with majority (n=33, 97%) of respondents agreeing that the intervention was useful in standardizing SBS education, providing meaningful, effective information on this topic area, and delivering SBS and AHT information in a timely manner.

SLP Collection


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Nursing Commons