September/October 2017 - Volume 42 - Issue 5
pp: 247-304,E18-E21

Guest Editorial


Smart Phone Apps and Maternal Child Nursing

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 42(5):247, September/October 2017.

Our guest editor for this special topics series on smart phone applications and maternal child nursing, Dr. Logsdon, offers an overview and suggestions for the role of the nurse.

Hot Topics in Maternity Nursing


Screening and Response to Maternal Mental Health Problems

Wisner, Kirsten

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 42(5):295, September/October 2017.

Our maternity nursing expert, Kirsten Wisner, provides details about the new consensus bundle on maternal mental health from the Council on Patient Safety in Women's Health Care.

Hot Topics in Pediatric Nursing


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

Beal, Judy A.

MCN, 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.

Nutrition for the Family


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.

Global Health and Nursing


Caring for Childbearing Women in Crisis: Midwife Pilgrim

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 42(5):298, September/October 2017.

As perinatal nurses, there are many opportunities to serve others and make a difference. Our global health nursing expert, Dr. Callister, discusses Midwife Pilgrim, one organization working to help women and child in disaster prone areas of the world.

Toward Evidence Based Practice: PDF Only


Perinatal Patient Safety


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.


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.

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.

The New Parent Checklist: A Tool to Promote Parental Reflection

Keys, Elizabeth M.; McNeil, Deborah A.; Wallace, Donna A.; More

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 42(5):276-282, September/October 2017.

A new parent checklist was developed and tested in a three-phase process. Information provided in the checklist on parenting, relationships, and personal and family needs can be a valuable resource in reducing parental knowledge gaps, particularly those related to psychosocial support.

A Whooping Cough Education Module for WIC Clients in Utah

Luthy, Karlen E.; Anderson, Alicia; Macintosh, Janelle; More

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 42(5):283-288, September/October 2017.

Whooping cough can be devastating for babies and children. In this quality improvement project, the authors developed and tested an electronic educational module about whooping cough for women enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children in Utah.

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.

CE Connection


Parent Education is Changing: A Review of Smartphone Apps

Davis, Deborah Winders; Logsdon, M. Cynthia; Vogt, Krista; More

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 42(5):248-256, September/October 2017.

A critique of 46 parenting apps available in a commonly used online app store is presented using established criteria and health literacy guidelines. Many of the apps do not offer details of the source of their information and there was limited functionality, with none providing a customized experience. Mobile health solutions require rigorous research before nurses can recommend them as valid and reliable avenues for parent education.

Autologous Blood Transfusion for Postpartum Hemorrhage

Greenawalt, Julia A.; Zernell, Denise

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 42(5):269-275, September/October 2017.

Autologous blood transfusion is an option for postpartum hemorrhage. An overview of the rationale, process, equipment, and clinical implications for nurses is provided.