Articles by Judy A. Beal, DNSc, PNP, RN

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13 Reasons Why: A Trigger for Teen Suicide?

Beal, Judy A.

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 43(1):55, January/February 2018.

The Netflix series 13 Reasons Why that depicts the story of a teenage girl who commits suicide and delivers thirteen audiotaped cassettes to classmates who played a role in her decision to kill herself has generated controversy among parents and healthcare professionals. Our pediatric nursing expert, Dr. Beal, explains why the series has become a source of concern and how it might lead to a better understanding and more open dialogue of this issue.

The Dangers of Youth Football

Beal, Judy A.

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 42(6):361, November/December 2017.

Pediatric providers working in emergency rooms treat more than 200,000 children ages 5–18 for sports-related head injuries each year. Approximately 3 million youth are playing tackle football today in the United States. Our pediatric nursing expert, Dr. Judy Beal, explains evolving evidence about the dangers of youth tackle football.

Healthcare for Transgender Youth: Still Inadequate...Still at Risk

Beal, Judy A.

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 42(5):296, September/October 2017.

With accurate and up-to-date knowledge, pediatric nurses can take the lead in advocating for evidence-based culturally competent care for transgender youth in all pediatric settings. Per our pediatric nursing expert, Dr. Beal, as nurses, we are in a unique role as the most trusted of healthcare professionals to be able to support these very vulnerable teens and their caregivers.

Neonatal Male Circumcision: Still a Controversy

Beal, Judy A.

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 42(4):233, July/August 2017.

Nurses have a vital role in offering information to parents about newborn male circumcision based on current evidence and recommendations from professional organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics. Our pediatric nursing expert, Dr. Beal, summarizes the issue, including potential risks, benefits and areas of controversy.

Cry It Out: What Is It and Is It Appropriate?

Beal, Judy A.

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 42(3):180, May/June 2017.

Infant wakefulness at night is common. New parents often turn to the Internet for what to do when they encounter issues with their new baby that they're not sure how to handle, however, there are multiple websites offering advice that is not evidence-based. Our pediatric nursing expert, Dr. Beal, provides the most recent information on infant wakefulness at night for nurses to be able offer helpful advice to parents.

Pediatric Medication Errors

Beal, Judy A.

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 42(2):116, March/April 2017.

Pediatric mediation errors continue to be a risk of harm. The American Academy of Pediatrics has recommendations for giving liquid medications orally. Kitchen spoons are not appropriate to measure doses. Liquid medication should only be administered by an oral syringe that is metric based. Our pediatric nursing expert, Dr. Beal, explains how nurses can play an important role in teaching parents how to safely give medications to their children.

Time-Out for Young Children

Beal, Judy A.

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 42(1):57, January/February 2017.

Time-out is an evidence-based form of discipline that can be used by parents of young children. Pediatric nurses can assist parents to appreciate how to use time-out while supporting their decisions to implement or not.

Baby-Led Weaning

Beal, Judy A.

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 41(6):373, November/December 2016.

Baby-led weaning (BLW) is growing in popularity among parents. This method of introducing solid food is different from the recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Instead of limiting intake for the first six months to breastmilk or formula and liquids other than milk, small portions of solid food are offered to babies when parents feel their baby is ready. The process of initiating feeding starting with pureed foods spoon-fed to babies by an adult is not part of the baby-led weaning feeding method. Available data on BLW are limited about risks, benefits, and outcomes. Our expert in pediatric nursing, Dr. Beal, explains BLW.

Adolescent Use of E-Cigarettes: What are the Risks?

Beal, Judy A.

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 41(5):310, September/October 2016.

More and more teenagers are using e-cigarettes. Our pediatric nursing expert, Dr. Beal, explains what is known and unknown about the risks to their health.

Infant Deaths From Use of Crib Bumpers Are Increasing

Beal, Judy A.

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 41(4):253, July/August 2016.

Crib bumpers are still being widely used even though they have been found to cause infant deaths and injuries. Nurses can warn parents about crib bumper hazards and promote the “Bare is Best” campaign.

Is Family-Centered Care Really Family-Centered in the Newborn Nursery?

Beal, Judy A.

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 41(3):187, May/June 2016.

Patient- and family-centered care is much talked about but not always reality in the care of mothers and babies during the inpatient stay for childbirth. It should be.

Interactive Screen Media Use by Young Children

Beal, Judy A.

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 41(2):124, March/April 2016.

How much screen time is too much? What should nurses tell parents when they ask about their children's use of electronic devices? Our pediatric nursing expert, Dr. Beal covers the latest news from the literature and the American Academy of Pediatrics on how to advise families on media use.

Childhood Obesity

Beal, Judy A.

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 41(1):59, January/February 2016.

Childhood obesity is a major public health problem that has immediate and long-term sequelae including: high cholesterol or high blood pressure, diabetes, bone and joint disorders, sleep apnea, and social and emotional problems. Obese children and adolescents are highly likely to remain obese as adults and therefore develop serious adult health problems of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer, and osteoarthritis. Our pediatric nursing expert, Dr. Beal, provides an update.

Gender Nonconforming Children

Beal, Judy A.

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 40(6):395, November/December 2015.

How should pediatric nurses handle parents' questions about gender nonconformity in children and adolescents? Our pediatric nursing expert, Dr. Beal, offers suggestions based on the most recent evidence.

Measles: To Vaccinate or Not?

Beal, Judy A.

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 40(4):263, July/August 2015.

A recent measles outbreak has highlighted the importance of vaccination for all eligible children. Our pediatric nursing expert suggests resources so you can be up-to-date on the latest information to share with parents.

Should We Diagnose Psychopathology in Infancy?

Onnembo, Jessica; Beal, Judy A.

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 40(3):194, May/June 2015.

Diagnosing psychopathology in very young children is an emerging debate in newborn and pediatric clinical practice. Potential advantages and disadvantages are discussed.

Should Mother–Baby Rooming-In be the Standard of Care?

Beal, Judy A.; Dalton, Marcia Fonseca; Maloney, Joyce A.

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 40(2):74-75, March/April 2015.

How strict should policies be for keeping new mothers and babies together while in the hospital during postpartum?

Bed Sharing

Beal, Judy A.

MCN: The 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.

Are Breast Milk Banks a Real Solution Yet?

Beal, Judy A.; Byrd, Ellen; Cullinane, Judith

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 37(2):78-79, March/April 2012.

The use of breast milk banks has recently regained popularity. Should they be used? What do you think?

Reconceptualizing the Nurse's Role in the Newborn Period as an “Attacher”

Karl, Donna J.; Beal, Judy A.; O'Hare, Cynthia M.; More

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 31(4):257-262, July-August 2006.

Nursing has come so far from being a task-oriented profession. While there are still tasks to be performed, we now know that we should do them with a higher purpose in mind-in this case, to serve as the model of attachment for mothers and newborns.

Evidence for Best Practices in the Neonatal Period

Beal, Judy A.

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 30(6):397-403, November-December 2005.

Nurse researchers have been very productive in the field of neonatal nursing. Which practices are evidence-based and which are not? Are you practicing using the best evidence?

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