May/June 2006 - Volume 31 - Issue 3
pp: 142-208

Editorial


Second Opinion


Genetic Testing:Is There a Right Not to Know?: Pro

Zinberg, Randi E.; Capitulo, Kathleen Leask

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 31(3):144, May/June 2006.

Every day there seem to be more conditions that can be found through genetic testing. Should people have these tests? What if they don’t want to know?

Infant Nutrition


The New Networking


Global Health and Nursing


Global Genetics: Worldwide Considerations

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 31(3):202, May/June 2006.

As the U.S. struggles to integrate the new field of genetics into healthcare, other countries begin to deal with issues such as informed consent for genetic testing.

Toward Evidence-Based


Perinatal Patient Safety


Venous Thromboembolism During Pregnancy and Postpartum: An Inherited Risk

Simpson, Kathleen Rice

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 31(3):208, May/June 2006.

Thrombophilias can be genetically based. Should you be using pneumatic compression devices for prevention of DVT in pregnant women?


Essential Nursing Competencies and Curricula Guidelines for Genetics and Genomics

Lewis, Judith A.; Calzone, Kathleen M.; Jenkins, Jean

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 31(3):146-153, May/June 2006.

There are specific nursing competencies for genetics. These authors, all experts in genetics, explain it all for you.

Issues in GENETIC TESTING of CHILDREN

Twomey, John G.

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 31(3):156-163, May/June 2006.

Parents whose child requires genetic testing face many ethical issues. This article discusses those issues and describes what nurses should know to best help parents with these dilemmas.

Newborn Screening Policy in the United Kingdom & the United States:Two Different Communities of Practice

Patch, Christine

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 31(3):164-168, May/June 2006.

What is the standard of practice for newborn genetic screening in the United Kingdom? How does it differ from that in the U.S.? In an age of global health, nurses should understand the differences in standards in countries other than their own.

Genetic Influences on Preterm Birth

Giarratano, Gloria

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 31(3):169-175, May/June 2006.

In the “old” days (just 20 years ago), it never occurred to us that preterm birth had a true genetic component. Now we know better. Dr. Giarratano explains this complex topic so well that you’ll be a better educated nurse after you read it.

Parental Experience of a Pediatric Genetic Referral

Skirton, Heather

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 31(3):178-184, May/June 2006.

We have all probably encountered parents who have been referred for genetic counseling for their child. What is their experience of this? What do they need from us, and how can we best help them?

Expanding Nurses’ Roles in Telemedicine & Genetics Services

Lea, Dale Halsey

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 31(3):185-189, May/June 2006.

There is an exciting new role for nursing today–working with genetics services and extending that into telemedicine. This article describes this nursing role and how you might fulfill such a need.

Navigating the Maze of Newborn Screening

Spahis, Joanna K.; Bowers, Nancy R.

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 31(3):190-196, May/June 2006.

Do you know which newborn screening tests are mandated in your state? What are the criteria used for choosing the tests?

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