January/February 2023 - Volume 48 - Issue 1 - Contributor Index

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Reflections on the 2021 MCN Editorial Fellowship

Bernstein, Samantha; Frederick, Anitra; Abbu, Stephanie; More

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 48(1):6-7, January/February 2023.

Nurse scholars who participated in the 2021 MCN Editorial Fellowship share their experiences. We are now beginning our fourth year of the fellowship and have enjoyed describing our roles as editors with early career nurse scholars and learning so much from them.

Acuity Tools for the Antepartum and Neonatal Intensive Care Units

Roth, Cheryl; Dent, Sarah A.; Luster, Mary H.; More

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 48(1):8-16, January/February 2023.

Acuity tools for the antepartum unit and neonatal intensive care unit were developed by a group of expert nurses. Content validity and interrater reliability were established. The tools can be used to identify patient care needs, make appropriate nurse-to-patient assignments, and support safe, high-quality maternity and neonatal nursing care.

American Academy of Pediatrics' Updated Clinical Guidelines for Managing Neonatal Hyperbilirubinemia

Beal, Judy A.

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 48(1):49, January/February 2023.

The American Academy of Pediatrics published updated clinical guidelines on management of hyperbilirubinemia for infants born at 35 weeks or more of gestation. Our pediatric nurse expert, Dr. Beal, explains the changes in clinical guidelines and their scientific rationale based on new evidence.

Perceptions and Use of Safe Sleep Baby Boxes at Hospital Discharge by New Mothers

Hughes, Kimberly; Gill, Sara L.; Berndt, Andrea

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 48(1):30-35, January/February 2023.

Safe baby sleep boxes were given to women on discharge from the hospital after childbirth. Researchers analyzed how and when the safe baby sleep boxes were used via survey during postpartum. Most women were not using the safe sleep baby box as intended and were not following many of the other safe sleep guidelines. Nurses should ask about plans for infant safe sleep prior to hospital discharge and provide individualized education and recommendations for specific resources to address the family's needs.

Reflections on the 2021 MCN Editorial Fellowship

Bernstein, Samantha; Frederick, Anitra; Abbu, Stephanie; More

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 48(1):6-7, January/February 2023.

Nurse scholars who participated in the 2021 MCN Editorial Fellowship share their experiences. We are now beginning our fourth year of the fellowship and have enjoyed describing our roles as editors with early career nurse scholars and learning so much from them.

The Tragedy of Neonatal Sepsis in South Asia

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 48(1):51, January/February 2023.

The rate of neonatal mortality due to infection in South Asia is alarming. India is ranked highest in the world for neonatal deaths, with 5 million babies dying in 2019 per the World Health Organization. Nigeria, Pakistan, Ethiopia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo collectively account for almost 50% of neonatal deaths world-wide. Our global health and nursing expert, Dr. Callister, discusses this problem and what is being done to improve care.

Safe Newborn Sleep Practices on a Large Volume Maternity Service

Stone, Gabrielle; Chase, Allison; Vidrine, Dana C.; More

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 48(1):43-47, January/February 2023.

Nurses and other members of the maternity care team have the opportunity to teach new parents about safe newborn sleep recommendations and role model safe sleep practices during postpartum hospitalization to promote safe sleep for the newborn at home after hospital discharge.

Establishing a Breastfeeding Consortium for Clinicians in Pediatric Outpatient Care

Conover, Nicole; Vanderpool, Jill; Ginsberg, Julie; More

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 48(1):24-29, January/February 2023.

Development of a breastfeeding consortium for ambulatory care clinics in the Children's Hospital of Philadephia primary care network including 31 sites across Pennsylvania and New Jersey is presented. Virtual monthly meetings and education facililtated clinicians knowledge on various breastfeeding topics. The consortium has been especially helpful during the COVID-19 pandemic as birthing hospitals discharge new mothers ealier than usual and often without full assessment of the breastfeeding couplet. Ongoing updates of information from the government and professional organizations were able to be shared with members of the interdisciplinary team.

Acuity Tools for the Antepartum and Neonatal Intensive Care Units

Roth, Cheryl; Dent, Sarah A.; Luster, Mary H.; More

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 48(1):8-16, January/February 2023.

Acuity tools for the antepartum unit and neonatal intensive care unit were developed by a group of expert nurses. Content validity and interrater reliability were established. The tools can be used to identify patient care needs, make appropriate nurse-to-patient assignments, and support safe, high-quality maternity and neonatal nursing care.

Reflections on the 2021 MCN Editorial Fellowship

Bernstein, Samantha; Frederick, Anitra; Abbu, Stephanie; More

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 48(1):6-7, January/February 2023.

Nurse scholars who participated in the 2021 MCN Editorial Fellowship share their experiences. We are now beginning our fourth year of the fellowship and have enjoyed describing our roles as editors with early career nurse scholars and learning so much from them.

Reflections on the 2021 MCN Editorial Fellowship

Bernstein, Samantha; Frederick, Anitra; Abbu, Stephanie; More

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 48(1):6-7, January/February 2023.

Nurse scholars who participated in the 2021 MCN Editorial Fellowship share their experiences. We are now beginning our fourth year of the fellowship and have enjoyed describing our roles as editors with early career nurse scholars and learning so much from them.

Reflections on the 2021 MCN Editorial Fellowship

Bernstein, Samantha; Frederick, Anitra; Abbu, Stephanie; More

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 48(1):6-7, January/February 2023.

Nurse scholars who participated in the 2021 MCN Editorial Fellowship share their experiences. We are now beginning our fourth year of the fellowship and have enjoyed describing our roles as editors with early career nurse scholars and learning so much from them.

Toward Evidence-Based Practice

Rohan, Annie; George, Erin K.; Roth, Cheryl K.; More

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 48(1):52-54, January/February 2023.

Experts suggest how 6 research articles can be used in nursing practice.

Perceptions and Use of Safe Sleep Baby Boxes at Hospital Discharge by New Mothers

Hughes, Kimberly; Gill, Sara L.; Berndt, Andrea

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 48(1):30-35, January/February 2023.

Safe baby sleep boxes were given to women on discharge from the hospital after childbirth. Researchers analyzed how and when the safe baby sleep boxes were used via survey during postpartum. Most women were not using the safe sleep baby box as intended and were not following many of the other safe sleep guidelines. Nurses should ask about plans for infant safe sleep prior to hospital discharge and provide individualized education and recommendations for specific resources to address the family's needs.

Establishing a Breastfeeding Consortium for Clinicians in Pediatric Outpatient Care

Conover, Nicole; Vanderpool, Jill; Ginsberg, Julie; More

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 48(1):24-29, January/February 2023.

Development of a breastfeeding consortium for ambulatory care clinics in the Children's Hospital of Philadephia primary care network including 31 sites across Pennsylvania and New Jersey is presented. Virtual monthly meetings and education facililtated clinicians knowledge on various breastfeeding topics. The consortium has been especially helpful during the COVID-19 pandemic as birthing hospitals discharge new mothers ealier than usual and often without full assessment of the breastfeeding couplet. Ongoing updates of information from the government and professional organizations were able to be shared with members of the interdisciplinary team.

Safe Newborn Sleep Practices on a Large Volume Maternity Service

Stone, Gabrielle; Chase, Allison; Vidrine, Dana C.; More

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 48(1):43-47, January/February 2023.

Nurses and other members of the maternity care team have the opportunity to teach new parents about safe newborn sleep recommendations and role model safe sleep practices during postpartum hospitalization to promote safe sleep for the newborn at home after hospital discharge.

Acuity Tools for the Antepartum and Neonatal Intensive Care Units

Roth, Cheryl; Dent, Sarah A.; Luster, Mary H.; More

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 48(1):8-16, January/February 2023.

Acuity tools for the antepartum unit and neonatal intensive care unit were developed by a group of expert nurses. Content validity and interrater reliability were established. The tools can be used to identify patient care needs, make appropriate nurse-to-patient assignments, and support safe, high-quality maternity and neonatal nursing care.

Breastfeeding Symptoms with Tongue- and Lip-Tie

Hill, Rebecca R.; Richard, Melissa A.; Pados, Britt F.

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 48(1):17-23, January/February 2023.

In this study, symptoms of tongue and lip-tie were studied before and after frenotomy in a group of 121 mother-baby dyads. More severe classifications of tongue and lip-tie were significantly associated with infant and maternal symptoms pre-frenotomy. Improvements were in noted in all reported infant symptoms post-frenotomy. Feeding duration times significantly decreased post-frenotomy. Infants and mothers experience problematic symptoms with feeding associated with tongue and lip-tie. Early evaluation and involvement of feeding experts may improve the breastfeeding experience of the dyad.

Perceptions and Use of Safe Sleep Baby Boxes at Hospital Discharge by New Mothers

Hughes, Kimberly; Gill, Sara L.; Berndt, Andrea

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 48(1):30-35, January/February 2023.

Safe baby sleep boxes were given to women on discharge from the hospital after childbirth. Researchers analyzed how and when the safe baby sleep boxes were used via survey during postpartum. Most women were not using the safe sleep baby box as intended and were not following many of the other safe sleep guidelines. Nurses should ask about plans for infant safe sleep prior to hospital discharge and provide individualized education and recommendations for specific resources to address the family's needs.

Establishing a Breastfeeding Consortium for Clinicians in Pediatric Outpatient Care

Conover, Nicole; Vanderpool, Jill; Ginsberg, Julie; More

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 48(1):24-29, January/February 2023.

Development of a breastfeeding consortium for ambulatory care clinics in the Children's Hospital of Philadephia primary care network including 31 sites across Pennsylvania and New Jersey is presented. Virtual monthly meetings and education facililtated clinicians knowledge on various breastfeeding topics. The consortium has been especially helpful during the COVID-19 pandemic as birthing hospitals discharge new mothers ealier than usual and often without full assessment of the breastfeeding couplet. Ongoing updates of information from the government and professional organizations were able to be shared with members of the interdisciplinary team.

Safe Newborn Sleep Practices on a Large Volume Maternity Service

Stone, Gabrielle; Chase, Allison; Vidrine, Dana C.; More

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 48(1):43-47, January/February 2023.

Nurses and other members of the maternity care team have the opportunity to teach new parents about safe newborn sleep recommendations and role model safe sleep practices during postpartum hospitalization to promote safe sleep for the newborn at home after hospital discharge.

Safe Newborn Sleep Practices on a Large Volume Maternity Service

Stone, Gabrielle; Chase, Allison; Vidrine, Dana C.; More

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 48(1):43-47, January/February 2023.

Nurses and other members of the maternity care team have the opportunity to teach new parents about safe newborn sleep recommendations and role model safe sleep practices during postpartum hospitalization to promote safe sleep for the newborn at home after hospital discharge.

Acuity Tools for the Antepartum and Neonatal Intensive Care Units

Roth, Cheryl; Dent, Sarah A.; Luster, Mary H.; More

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 48(1):8-16, January/February 2023.

Acuity tools for the antepartum unit and neonatal intensive care unit were developed by a group of expert nurses. Content validity and interrater reliability were established. The tools can be used to identify patient care needs, make appropriate nurse-to-patient assignments, and support safe, high-quality maternity and neonatal nursing care.

Social Interactions and Institutional Structures that Influence 24-Hour Rooming-in for New Mothers and Newborns in the Hospital Setting

McRae, Maureen J.; Miraglia, Robbin

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 48(1):36-42, January/February 2023.

Mother-baby nurses shared their experiences with 24 hour rooming-in during postpartum hospitalization. Three themes identifying social interactions that affected rooming in included the mother as patient, managing expectations, and inconsistencies in practice, while three themes as institutional structures that influenced rooming-in were high rates of induction of labor and cesarean birth, inadequate nurse staffing, and lack of monitoring of nursery use. There was a consensus that Baby-Friendly is not always mother-friendly. Nurses offered suggestions for how to improve the rooming in experience for new parents.

Social Interactions and Institutional Structures that Influence 24-Hour Rooming-in for New Mothers and Newborns in the Hospital Setting

McRae, Maureen J.; Miraglia, Robbin

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 48(1):36-42, January/February 2023.

Mother-baby nurses shared their experiences with 24 hour rooming-in during postpartum hospitalization. Three themes identifying social interactions that affected rooming in included the mother as patient, managing expectations, and inconsistencies in practice, while three themes as institutional structures that influenced rooming-in were high rates of induction of labor and cesarean birth, inadequate nurse staffing, and lack of monitoring of nursery use. There was a consensus that Baby-Friendly is not always mother-friendly. Nurses offered suggestions for how to improve the rooming in experience for new parents.

Breastfeeding Symptoms with Tongue- and Lip-Tie

Hill, Rebecca R.; Richard, Melissa A.; Pados, Britt F.

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 48(1):17-23, January/February 2023.

In this study, symptoms of tongue and lip-tie were studied before and after frenotomy in a group of 121 mother-baby dyads. More severe classifications of tongue and lip-tie were significantly associated with infant and maternal symptoms pre-frenotomy. Improvements were in noted in all reported infant symptoms post-frenotomy. Feeding duration times significantly decreased post-frenotomy. Infants and mothers experience problematic symptoms with feeding associated with tongue and lip-tie. Early evaluation and involvement of feeding experts may improve the breastfeeding experience of the dyad.

Breastfeeding Symptoms with Tongue- and Lip-Tie

Hill, Rebecca R.; Richard, Melissa A.; Pados, Britt F.

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 48(1):17-23, January/February 2023.

In this study, symptoms of tongue and lip-tie were studied before and after frenotomy in a group of 121 mother-baby dyads. More severe classifications of tongue and lip-tie were significantly associated with infant and maternal symptoms pre-frenotomy. Improvements were in noted in all reported infant symptoms post-frenotomy. Feeding duration times significantly decreased post-frenotomy. Infants and mothers experience problematic symptoms with feeding associated with tongue and lip-tie. Early evaluation and involvement of feeding experts may improve the breastfeeding experience of the dyad.

Toward Evidence-Based Practice

Rohan, Annie; George, Erin K.; Roth, Cheryl K.; More

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 48(1):52-54, January/February 2023.

Experts suggest how 6 research articles can be used in nursing practice.

Acuity Tools for the Antepartum and Neonatal Intensive Care Units

Roth, Cheryl; Dent, Sarah A.; Luster, Mary H.; More

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 48(1):8-16, January/February 2023.

Acuity tools for the antepartum unit and neonatal intensive care unit were developed by a group of expert nurses. Content validity and interrater reliability were established. The tools can be used to identify patient care needs, make appropriate nurse-to-patient assignments, and support safe, high-quality maternity and neonatal nursing care.

Toward Evidence-Based Practice

Rohan, Annie; George, Erin K.; Roth, Cheryl K.; More

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 48(1):52-54, January/February 2023.

Experts suggest how 6 research articles can be used in nursing practice.

Toward Evidence-Based Practice

Rohan, Annie; George, Erin K.; Roth, Cheryl K.; More

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 48(1):52-54, January/February 2023.

Experts suggest how 6 research articles can be used in nursing practice.

Why Isn't Nurse Staffing Evaluated as Part of Hospital Accreditation and Quality Designations?

Simpson, Kathleen Rice

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 48(1):55, January/February 2023.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Joint Commission have announced two new designations for hospitals with maternity services. When the public sees that hospitals are designated as providing high quality maternity services, there is an assumption that there are enough nurses to care for the childbearing family from admission to discharge. It is well known that adequate nurse staffing in linked to less risk of inpatient morbidity and mortality, yet neither of these new designations include nurse staffing as part of the criteria.

Safe Newborn Sleep Practices on a Large Volume Maternity Service

Stone, Gabrielle; Chase, Allison; Vidrine, Dana C.; More

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 48(1):43-47, January/February 2023.

Nurses and other members of the maternity care team have the opportunity to teach new parents about safe newborn sleep recommendations and role model safe sleep practices during postpartum hospitalization to promote safe sleep for the newborn at home after hospital discharge.

Establishing a Breastfeeding Consortium for Clinicians in Pediatric Outpatient Care

Conover, Nicole; Vanderpool, Jill; Ginsberg, Julie; More

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 48(1):24-29, January/February 2023.

Development of a breastfeeding consortium for ambulatory care clinics in the Children's Hospital of Philadephia primary care network including 31 sites across Pennsylvania and New Jersey is presented. Virtual monthly meetings and education facililtated clinicians knowledge on various breastfeeding topics. The consortium has been especially helpful during the COVID-19 pandemic as birthing hospitals discharge new mothers ealier than usual and often without full assessment of the breastfeeding couplet. Ongoing updates of information from the government and professional organizations were able to be shared with members of the interdisciplinary team.

Lactation Accommodations in the Workplace

Spatz, Diane L.

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 48(1):50, January/February 2023.

Lactation accommodations in the workplace are critical for breastfeeding mothers. Without a private room, high-quality pump, and time away from the work environment to pump, continuation of breastfeeding while working is a major challenge. Our breastfeeding expert, Dr. Spatz, presents the recent legislation and policy issues in the United States and suggests ways nurses can advocate to support breastfeeding in the workplace.

Safe Newborn Sleep Practices on a Large Volume Maternity Service

Stone, Gabrielle; Chase, Allison; Vidrine, Dana C.; More

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 48(1):43-47, January/February 2023.

Nurses and other members of the maternity care team have the opportunity to teach new parents about safe newborn sleep recommendations and role model safe sleep practices during postpartum hospitalization to promote safe sleep for the newborn at home after hospital discharge.

Safe Newborn Sleep Practices on a Large Volume Maternity Service

Stone, Gabrielle; Chase, Allison; Vidrine, Dana C.; More

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 48(1):43-47, January/February 2023.

Nurses and other members of the maternity care team have the opportunity to teach new parents about safe newborn sleep recommendations and role model safe sleep practices during postpartum hospitalization to promote safe sleep for the newborn at home after hospital discharge.

Reflections on the 2021 MCN Editorial Fellowship

Bernstein, Samantha; Frederick, Anitra; Abbu, Stephanie; More

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 48(1):6-7, January/February 2023.

Nurse scholars who participated in the 2021 MCN Editorial Fellowship share their experiences. We are now beginning our fourth year of the fellowship and have enjoyed describing our roles as editors with early career nurse scholars and learning so much from them.

Establishing a Breastfeeding Consortium for Clinicians in Pediatric Outpatient Care

Conover, Nicole; Vanderpool, Jill; Ginsberg, Julie; More

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 48(1):24-29, January/February 2023.

Development of a breastfeeding consortium for ambulatory care clinics in the Children's Hospital of Philadephia primary care network including 31 sites across Pennsylvania and New Jersey is presented. Virtual monthly meetings and education facililtated clinicians knowledge on various breastfeeding topics. The consortium has been especially helpful during the COVID-19 pandemic as birthing hospitals discharge new mothers ealier than usual and often without full assessment of the breastfeeding couplet. Ongoing updates of information from the government and professional organizations were able to be shared with members of the interdisciplinary team.

Safe Newborn Sleep Practices on a Large Volume Maternity Service

Stone, Gabrielle; Chase, Allison; Vidrine, Dana C.; More

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 48(1):43-47, January/February 2023.

Nurses and other members of the maternity care team have the opportunity to teach new parents about safe newborn sleep recommendations and role model safe sleep practices during postpartum hospitalization to promote safe sleep for the newborn at home after hospital discharge.

Monkeypox: A Brief for Perinatal Nurses

Wisner, Kirsten

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 48(1):48, January/February 2023.

Monkeypox is the latest of a number of viruses that have been spreading in the United States. Our maternity nursing expert, Dr. Wisner, describes the implications of monkeypox for pregnant and postpartum patients.

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