January/February 2015 - Volume 40 - Issue 1
pp: 4-68,E1-E4

Guest Editorial


The Children are Our Future

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 40(1):4, January/February 2015.

We are excited to introduce the first special topics series in celebration of MCN's 40th anniversary. Each issue of MCN in 2015 will feature a special clinical issue of interest to nurses who practice in the maternal child setting. Our first topic is Chronic Illness in Children.

Second Opinion Column


Hot Topics in Maternity Nursing


Intermittent Auscultation in Low-Risk Labor

Wisner, Kirsten

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 40(1):58, January/February 2015.

Our new columnist on hot topics in maternity nursing provides information on how to use intermittent auscultation (IA) and encourages you to consider asking for an order for IA, if one does not exist, when caring for women at low risk for complications during labor.

Hot Topics in Pediatric Nursing


Bed Sharing

Beal, Judy A.

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 40(1):59, January/February 2015.

Despite numerous public service campaigns and education for parents and providers, parents sharing their bed with their babies remains a pediatric health issue. Dr. Beal offers strategies for counseling new parents about bed sharing.

Nutrition for the Family


Thinking About a Diet?

Morin, Karen H.

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 40(1):60, January/February 2015.

Which diet works best: low carbohydrate or low fat? Our nutrition expert, Dr. Morin, provides the latest information to help guide women who may be asking about weight loss dieting.

Health Information Technology


Texting Protected Health Information in Healthcare

McCartney, Patricia

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 40(1):61, January/February 2015.

Texting protected health information can be quick and convenient, however there is important information nurses need to know to be fully compliant with standards and guidelines from the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Health Information Technology Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH), and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Global Health and Nursing


Meeting the Challenge of Cystic Fibrosis

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 40(1):62, January/February 2015.

Life expectancy in those with Cystic Fibrosis varies widely, from 35-40 years in the United States and the United Kingdom to below 15 years in low resource countries including El Salvador, India, and Bulgaria. Globally, efforts are being made in an attempt to reduce morbidity and mortality associated with CF and increase public awareness of this birth defect.

Toward Evidence Based Practice: PDF Only


Perinatal Patient Safety


Electronic Health Records

Simpson, Kathleen Rice

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 40(1):68, January/February 2015.

Electronic health records have many positive attributes, but there is still much to be done before EHRs can realize their full potential.


Health-Related Quality of Life for Chronically Ill Children

Cantrell, Mary Ann; Kelly, Michelle M.

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 40(1):24-31, January/February 2015.

Health-related quality of life is a significant issue for children with chronic illness. Methods to measure this important indicator of health are discussed.

Transgender Men and Lactation: What Nurses Need to Know

Wolfe-Roubatis, Emily; Spatz, Diane L.

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 40(1):32-38, January/February 2015.

Many perinatal nurses have little knowledge of transgender men and their healthcare needs during their childbirth experience. Valuable information is presented that will be helpful in caring for this unique subset of childbearing patients.

Hydrocolloid to Prevent Breakdown of Nares in Preterm Infants

Morris, Lori D.; Behr, Jodi Herron; Smith, Sandra L.

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 40(1):39-43, January/February 2015.

Very low birthweight babies with fragile, poorly keratinized skin are at risk for skin breakdown based on a variety of factors in their care, including administration of oxygen via heated humidified high-flow nasal cannula. This study describes use of a double barrier hydrocolloid dressing to promote skin integrity and minimize trauma to the nares and columella in these vulnerable infants.

Clinician Perspectives of Barriers in Perinatal Palliative Care

Wool, Charlotte

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 40(1):44-50, January/February 2015.

Perinatal palliative care supports families anticipating fetal or neonatal demise. This study measured barriers physicians and advance practice nurses report in providing and referring patients to these types of programs.

Predicting Folic Acid Intake Among College Students

Lane, Susan H.; Hines, Annette; Krowchuk, Heidi

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 40(1):51-57, January/February 2015.

More needs to be done to increase awareness among college students about the importance to taking folic acid since daily intake of folic acid prior to pregnancy can prevent 50-70% of all neural tube defects.

CE Connection


Growing up with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

McKeever, Amy; Kelly, Michelle M.

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 40(1):8-15, January/February 2015.

Juvenile idiopathic arthritis is the most common pediatric chronic illness in the United States. Review nursing strategies to assist adolescents to take an active role in their disease management and health promotion activities, which are critical components of transitional care

The School Age Child with Congenital Heart Disease

Boyle, Lynn; Kelly, Michelle M.; Reynolds, Kathryn; More

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 40(1):16-23, January/February 2015.

School age (between 6 and 12 years) is the best time for nurses to begin educating children with congenital heart disease (CHD) about their unique health needs and helping them to prepare for successful transition into young adulthood as a happy and healthy CHD survivor. This article offers an overview of the process.