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Special Series: Neonatal Palliative, End of Life, and Hospice Care Across Multiple Settings

Target Publication Dates: Winter/Spring 2020, Advances in Neonatal Care, 2020(1) and 2020(2)

Submission Dates: Immediately through August 1st, 2019

Provision of neonatal palliative, end-of-life, and hospice care is an important practice area for health care providers. Yet despite the support from numerous organizations including NANN, evidence-based palliative, end-of-life, and hospice interventions and programs are not standard practice in all neonatal settings. This special issue is calling for manuscripts about exemplary programs, care delivery challenges, and new evidence-based strategies focused on improving symptom management and quality of life for these infants and their families from prior to birth until hospital discharge or death. All manuscript types are encouraged.

If interested in submitting a manuscript for this special series, please submit the following items for consideration to the guest editor or co-editors by 5/01/2019:

  1. A working manuscript title
  2. Authors
  3. Short synopsis of your planned manuscript (3-4 sentences outlining content)
  4. Planned submission date (before 3/01/2019)

 Submission of this information soon will help us with planning the series.

Please submit your ideas or comments to:

Guest Editor: Dr. Christine Fortney, PhD, RN,  

Or Co-Editors for Advances in Neonatal Care

Jacqueline McGrath  

Debra Brandon  


From the Editors for 2019(1) - ​

Welcome to 2019 and the first issue of Advances in Neonatal Care! In this issue a 6-manuscript special series addresses an issue central to the provision of neonatal nursing care: infant oral feeding. These six manuscripts cover a breadth of oral feeding topics from oral feeding safety, to milk flow rates from bottle nipples, to outcomes using infant driven feeding methods. An additional manuscript summarizes what constitutes feeding success using the strategy of a concept analysis. A qualitative study describes mothers’ emotions and insights regarding breastfeeding during the first year after the birth of their preterm birth. A final manuscript provides a systematic assessment of feeding outcomes with unimodal and multimodal sensorimotor interventions.
While the second special issues for 2019 is set (The Science and Evidence surrounding the Clinical Use of Human Milk in the NICU), we are exploring special foci for 2020. If you have any suggestions about topics you think are important for the journal to highlight please let us know.

Multisensory Intervention for Preterm Infants Improves Sucking Organization

An intervention to teach mothers of preterm infants how to interact with their babies more effectively results in better weight gain and growth for the infants. This Advances in Neonatal Care article shows that infants who receive this intervention grow better and also more rapidly develop the muscle control needed for successful feeding.

Click here to read the article!

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