May/June 2013 - Volume 38 - Issue 3
pp: 133-191

Guest Editorial


Second Opinion


Should Healthcare Workers be Required to be Vaccinated Against Influenza?

Capitulo, Kathleen Leask; Eagan, Janet; Carbone, Kathryn

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 38(3):134-135, May/June 2013.

Since the rights of healthcare personnel to autonomy potentially conflict with the rights of patients to expect minimal risk of exposure to nosocomial infections during their hospital stay, there are compelling views on each side of the debate concerning mandatory vaccination of healthcare personnel against influenza.

Nutrition for The Family


Health Information Technology


Clinical Databases: Electronic Health Records and Repositories

McCartney, Patricia Robin

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 38(3):186, May/June 2013.

Computerized clinical databases are used to store, retrieve, analyze, and report meaningful information.

Global Health and Nursing


Silent Suffering: The Tragedy of Obstetric Fistula

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 38(3):187, May/June 2013.

Obstetric fistulas, with associated bowel and bladder incontinence, are often the result of obstructed labors of young girls living in developing countries. In many cases, they are untreated and victims are ostracized by their families and communities.

Toward Evidence-Based Practice: PDF Only


Perinatal Patient Safety



Influence of Holding Practice on Preterm Infant Development

Neu, Madalynn; Robinson, JoAnn; Schmiege, Sarah J.

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 38(3):136-143, May/June 2013.

Holding is an intervention performed naturally by mothers and found to enhance regulation in infants.

Reducing Anxiety Among Children Born Preterm and Their Young Mothers

Oswalt, Krista L.; McClain, Darya Bonds; Melnyk, Bernadette

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 38(3):144-149, May/June 2013.

Parents of infants in the neonatal intensive care unit may find information about their infants' physical and behavioral characteristics to be helpful in planning for what to expect in the future.

Are Birth Plans Associated with Improved Maternal or Neonatal Outcomes?

Hidalgo-Lopezosa, Pedro; Rodríguez-Borrego, Maria Aurora; Muñoz-Villanueva, Maria Carmen

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 38(3):150-156, May/June 2013.

Maternal and newborn outcomes of laboring women who presented with birth plans in one hospital in Spain are reported.

Obstetric Float Nurse Role Redesign in a Small Rural Community Hospital

Fye, Paula; Nellis, Deborah L.

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 38(3):157-162, May/June 2013.

When the perinatal unit is closed in small rural hospitals, perinatal nurses are often asked to float to the medical surgical unit so they can be as helpful as possible while remaining in-house to be available should a pregnant woman present for care.

Psychological Birth Trauma in Adolescents Experiencing an Early Birth

Anderson, Cheryl; Mccarley, Michelle

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 38(3):170-176, May/June 2013.

Several psychosocial-demographic variables are associated with psychological birth trauma among adolescents experiencing an early gestational birth.

CE Connection


Best Practices in Newborn Injections

Hensel, Desiree; Morson, Gwyndolen Leigh; Preuss, Elizabeth A.

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 38(3):163-167, May/June 2013.

Newborn injections practices based on the available best evidence can reduce pain, improve the quality and safety of care, and set the stage for long term compliance with vaccination schedules.

Transforming a Care Delivery Model to Increase Breastfeeding

Magri, Eileen P.; Hylton-McGuire, Karen

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 38(3):177-182, May/June 2013.

Enhancements in nursing care that support breastfeeding can be accomplished through a systematic quality improvement process.