Where Do We Start?: Developing and Sustaining a Family-Driven Unit-Based Advisory Council
Family advisory councils effectively bring about positive changes that promote family-centered care within a hospital unit. This presentation will discuss how a family advisory council was established in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, including advisor recruitment, project/goal development and generating staff buy-in. The perspective of a current family advisor will also be included.
■ Discuss the ways a family advisory council can contribute to family-centered care within a hospital unit.
■ List three strategies for recruiting potential family members to participate on a family advisory council.
■ Describe three tactics for gaining administrative support and unit staff buy-in.
■ Explain the importance of allowing family advisors to guide the council in developing goals and projects.