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Best Practices in Newborn Injections

Hensel, Desiree PhD, RNC-NIC, CNE; Morson, Gwyndolen Leigh BSN, RN; Preuss, Elizabeth A. BSN, RN

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing: May/June 2013 - Volume 38 - Issue 3 - p 163–167
doi: 10.1097/NMC.0b013e31827eae59
Feature: CE Connection

Many long-held practices surrounding newborn injections lack evidence and have unintended consequences. The choice of needles, injection techniques, and pain control methods are all factors for decreasing pain and improving the safety of intramuscular injections. Using practices founded on the available best evidence, nurses can reduce pain, improve the quality and safety of care, and set the stage for long-term compliance with vaccination schedules.

Newborn injections practices based on the available best evidence can reduce pain, improve the quality and safety of care, and set the stage for long term compliance with vaccination schedules.

Desiree Hensel, PhD, RNC-NIC, CNE, is an Assistant Professor at Indiana University School of Nursing, Bloomington, IN. She can be reached via e-mail at

Gwyndolen Leigh Morson, BSN, RN, is a Registered Nurse, NICU at Community Health North Hospital, Indianapolis, IN.

Elizabeth A. Preuss, BSN, RN is a Clinical Nurse, Cardiac Step-Down Unit at St Mary's Hospital Richmond, VA.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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