Stable Program Lead Instructors

Instructor Classifications & Qualifications

The Lead instructor is responsible for ensuring the integrity and quality of the Learner course and for submitting the on-line roster to recognize student involvement in Learner courses.

The Lead instructor must be considered an expert in neonatal nursing or medicine and have at least two years equivalent (≥ 4000 hours) of recent -- within five years -- Level 2B Special Care Nursery (SCN) or Level 3* Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) experience. Please note: Respiratory therapists with advanced neonatal knowledge, especially those involved with neonatal transport, may also qualify for the Lead Instructor role.
A Level 2B SCN can usually provide short term (usually less than 24 hours) advanced ventilatory support (that is, endotracheal or nasotracheal intubation and positive pressure ventilation), ongoing ventilatory support using continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), or high-flow nasal cannula, care of umbilical venous catheters (UVC), intravenous medication administration, and care of stable preterm infants, 32 weeks gestation or above.
A Level 3 NICU can provide ventilatory support (endotracheal or nasotracheal intubation and positive pressure ventilation), care of umbilical venous and arterial catheters, intravenous medication administration, and care of unstable term and preterm infants.
*For NICU Level designations: 2 a, b and Level 3 a, b, or c, as defined by the American Academy of Pediatrics, see: Levels of Neonatal Care, 2004, Pediatrics, 114; 1341-1347.

The Lead instructor understands, and can teach, the content found in all of the S.T.A.B.L.E. Program modules at an advanced level. This content includes:

Principles of hypoglycemia (causes and treatment), safe use of umbilical catheters, thermoregulation and physiologic consequences of hypothermia, neonatal chest x-ray interpretation, blood gas interpretation, neonatal respiratory diseases, pulmonary hypertension and shunting, use of assisted ventilation, resuscitation, assessment and treatment of shock, presentation and treatment of infection, CBC (complete blood count) interpretation, and offering emotional support to families in the newborn ICU.

Instructor course required? Yes. To become registered as a Lead instructor, instructor candidates must attend a course taught by National S.T.A.B.L.E. faculty.

Teaching commitment: Participate in teaching the course a minimum of two times per two years. The Instructor's participation is tracked by the on-line roster program.

Instructor candidate has at least one year equivalent (> 2000 hours) of recent -- within five years -- tertiary (level 2b or 3) SCN or NICU experience (see above for descriptions of unit capabilities). The Candidate is familiar with material in one or more of the S.T.A.B.L.E. program modules as outlined above under Lead Instructor. The Support Instructor may teach in collaboration with a Lead Instructor, but may not teach independently of a Registered Lead Instructor.

Instructor course required? Support instructors may either attend a National Course or be oriented to the program by an experienced registered Lead instructor as outlined in the Support Instructor Preparation and Registration guidelines on the S.T.A.B.L.E. website.

Teaching commitment: Same as under Lead Instructor.

Updated February 8, 2014