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Expert nurse leaders who participated in recent planning, design, building, and moving into a new women's hospital share their experiences with the process and offer advice to those who may be considering a move.
When pregnant women learn their fetus has a diagnosis of a serious or lethal anomaly, a coordinated multidisciplinary team approach can offer much needed support, information, and navigation through the complex health system. Registered nurse fetal care team coordinators assist women and their families at this perinatal center when the pregnancy does not go as expected. Descriptions of their roles as part of the fetal care team and the service they provide are presented.
Being hospitalized due to obstetric or fetal complications can be stressful for pregnant women. Activity restriction or bedrest can be uncomfortable. This innovative program offers integrative therapies to reduce stress and discomfort for pregnant women hospitalized on the antepartum unit. Therapies such as massage, Healing Touch, acupuncture, guided imagery, and reflexology are included. Data on effects of these integrative therapies are presented.
After a move to a new labor and birth unit, nurse leaders recognized the need to evaluate several processes and operations to enhance quality, safety, and efficiency. Elective labor induction, scheduled cesarean birth, obstetric triage, and transfer of maternity patients within the hospital are some of the aspects of care that were studied and improved by staff nurses and nursing leaders working in collaboration with other members of the perinatal team. These processes commonly present challenges in maternity units, so lessons learned may be applicable to other nurses caring for women during labor and birth.
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Obstetric hemorrhage is a leading cause of maternal death in the United States and the world. Organized collaborative efforts with representatives from all members of the perinatal team have been underway in the United States to reduce postpartum hemorrhage. The California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative (CMQCC) has been the leader in developing an obstetric hemorrhage toolkit that has been used by multiple hospitals and healthcare systems across the country. The first author of the CMQCC obstetric hemorrhage toolkit, Dr. Audrey Lyndon, and her colleague Valerie Cape, project coordinator, share their analysis of lessons learned from the collaborative.
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2015 MCN Research Paper of the Year
Parenting Perceptions of Low-Income Mothers
Published in MCN, March/April 2015 - Volume 40, Issue 2
Authors: Webb, Jenny MSN, RN; Morris, Melanie Hall MSN, APRN, WHNP-BC, CCE; Thomas, Sandra P. PhD, RN, FAAN; Combs-Orme, Terri PhD
2015 MCN Practice Paper of the Year
Concussion Evaluation and Mangement in Pediatrics
Published in MCN,
March/April 2015 - Volume 40 - Issue 2
Authors: Rivera, Robin G. MSN, RN, FNP-BC; Roberson, Susan P. MSN, RN, ANP-BC; Whelan, Margaret EdD, RN, FNP-BC; Rohan, Annie PhD, RN, NNP/PNP-BC
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- Posttraumatic Growth after Birth Trauma
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- Smoking Relapse Prevention after Birth
- Interventions That Enhance Breastfeeding: Systematic Review
- Special Issue on Maternity Care Quality Improvement
- Designing and Moving into a New Labor and Birth Unit
- Expert Experiences with New Maternity Facilities for Large Volume Services
- Process Improvements for Maternity Services: Clinical Enhancements for OB Triage, Labor Induction, and Cesarean Birth
- Fetal Care Team: Care for Pregnant Women Carrying a Fetus with a Serious Diagnosis
- Integrative Therapies for Hospitalized Pregnant Women
- Maternal Hemorrhage Quality Collaborative: Lessons Learned from the CMQCC Project
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