September/October 2017 - Volume 42 - Issue 5 - Contributor Index

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Influences on Infant Feeding: Perceptions of Mother-Father Parent Dyads

Majee, Wilson; Thullen, Matthew J.; Davis, Alexandra N.; More

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing . 42(5):289-294, September/October 2017.

This study includes 24 mother-father parent dyads who were interviewed about potential influences on their infant and toddler feeding practices. Parents offered a number of influencing factors including peer behavior reinforcement, suggestions from grandparents, healthcare provider infant feeding support, workplace flexibility, public perception on breastfeeding, and social media. Nurses can use these data to engage parents in healthy infant and toddler feeding.

Safe Nurse Staffing is More than Numbers and Ratios

Simpson, Kathleen Rice

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing . 42(5):304, September/October 2017.

Safe staffing is not numbers or ratios, rather the essential nursing care for optimal outcomes. Productivity targets should financially support enough nurses to provide care that is required based on national standards and guidelines. The numbers recommended in the AWHONN (2010) staffing guidelines represent the ability to perform that requisite nursing care.

Vegetarian Diet During Pregnancy: Assessment and Support

Snow, Denise

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing . 42(5):297, September/October 2017.

Vegetarian and vegan diets can be safe during pregnancy and are becoming more popular among pregnant women. Knowledgeable and non-judgmental nursing support is essential for effective perinatal nutritional counseling. Welcome to our new nutrition columnist, Denise Snow, a clinical associate professor in the School of Nursing at the State University of New York at Stonybrook and a healthcare law attorney in a private practice.

Development of a Mobile App for Family Planning Providers

Halsall, Viannella; Rogers, Jennifer; Witt, Jacki; More

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing . 42(5):263-268, September/October 2017.

A mobile app for family planning providers was developed and tested. Based on experiences of the development team, clinicians with an interest in developing an app should consider a collaborative approach to development, pilot test the app prior to wider distribution, and develop a web-based version of the app to be used by clinicians who are unable to access smart devices in their practice setting.

A Stress Coping App for Hospitalized Pregnant Women at Risk for Preterm Birth

Jallo, Nancy; Thacker, Leroy R. II; Menzies, Victoria; More

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing . 42(5):257-262, September/October 2017.

An app for pregnant women hospitalized with complications of preterm labor was prospectively evaluated. The app included study measures, an educational overview of concepts, four guided imagery audio files to be listened to daily, and a stress self-assessment scale to be used before and after each use. All participants reported benefits from using the app and provided suggestions for improvement.

A Stress Coping App for Hospitalized Pregnant Women at Risk for Preterm Birth

Jallo, Nancy; Thacker, Leroy R. II; Menzies, Victoria; More

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing . 42(5):257-262, September/October 2017.

An app for pregnant women hospitalized with complications of preterm labor was prospectively evaluated. The app included study measures, an educational overview of concepts, four guided imagery audio files to be listened to daily, and a stress self-assessment scale to be used before and after each use. All participants reported benefits from using the app and provided suggestions for improvement.