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Table 6 Three main activities by sector, that represent the attitudes of NICU personnel as to who should make decisions/perform neonatal activities

From: Examining professional boundaries between nurses and physicians in neonatal intensive care units

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Question asked: Activity RNs N = 140% Nursing graduates of PBE course N = 228% Physicians N = 46 Total N = 414%
Whether the task should be performed by a physician? Performing a lumbar puncture (LP) and suprapubic aspiration (SPA) 92 95 94 94
  Neonatal intubation and mechanical ventilation 88 86 80 86
  Deciding about the need for umbilical arterial catheter insertion 84 87 85 86
Whether the task should be performed by a graduate of a PBE course? Analyzing ventilator data and deciding on mechanical treatment plan 61 74 61 68
  Parental education regarding clinical care of the neonate at discharge 44 54 70 53
  Infection Prevention in NICUs 41 48 61 47
Whether the task should be performed by any nurse in the NICU? Infection Prevention in NICUs 88 77 76 81
  Neonate discharge from NICUs 73 65 35 64
  Parental education regarding clinical care of the neonate at discharge 67 57 39 59