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Missed Nursing Care in Pediatric and Neonatal Care Settings: An Integrative Review

There is very little research about missed nursing care in the neonatal and pediatric inpatient setting. In this integrated review, missed neonatal and pediatric nursing care was associated with workload, patient acuity, work environment, nurse characteristics, and prolonged hospitalization of preterm infants. Missed nursing care and related patient and nurse outcomes in diverse pediatric samples remain an area for future research.

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Nurses' Experiences of “Being Swamped” in the Clinical Setting and Association with Adherence to AWHONN Nurse Staffing Guidelines

When nurses are faced with high census and acuity without enough nurses to provide required care, they can feel overwhelmed and stressed. This phenomenon was characterized as “being swamped” in this study of 1,198 members of the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN). Nurses described their experiences of being swamped. Nurses practicing in hospitals following the AWHONN nurse staffing guidelines always or most of the time reported less frequency of being swamped as compared to those in hospitals that followed the guidelines some of the time, or rarely.

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Association of Clinical Nursing Work Environment with Quality and Safety in Maternity Care in the United States

This study included 1,165 nurses from 166 maternity units in four states. One-third of nurses gave their units an overall safety grade of “excellent,” but this decreased to less than one-sixth of nurses in units with poor work environments. Overall, 65% of nurses reported that their mistakes were held against them. A good work environment, compared to a poor work environment, was significantly associated with fewer nurses grading safety as poor.

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Missed Nursing Care During Labor and Birth and Exclusive Breast Milk Feeding During Hospitalization for Childbirth

When maternity nurses are caring for women in the context of inadequate nurse staffing, important aspects of nursing care may be missed, delayed, or incomplete. The concept of missed nursing care is increasingly being applied to maternity, neonatal and pediatric nursing settings after many years of focus on medical-surgical units in acute care hospitals. In this study missed nursing care and inadequate nurse staffing were found to be associated with exclusive breast milk feeding during the childbirth hospitalization.

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Impact of the Quality of Postpartum Sleep and its Health Determinants on Human Milk Volume

In this study of new mothers, the relationship between sleep quality and breast milk volume was explored. Most women reported substantial sleep disturbance during the first month postpartum. Poor sleep quality was a significant predictor for lower milk volume.

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Intraoperative Mother and Baby Skin-to-Skin Contact during Cesarean Birth: Systematic Review

Placing the newborn skin-to-skin on the mother's chest after birth while cesarean surgery is completed was found to be beneficial in this systematic review. Safety of mother and baby during skin-to-skin contact are promoted when nurse staffing in the operating room and post anesthesia care unit are consistent with published professional guidelines so the mother-baby couplet can be continually assessed.

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