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September/October 2014 - Volume 39 - Issue 5
pp: 280-340


Obstetric Triage

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 39(5):280, September/October 2014.

The systematic review on obstetric triage in this issue is really worth reading. For those who are considering developing a quality improvement project or conducting research, this is a topic is waiting for your ideas.

Second Opinion

Should Informed Consent be Required for Routine Newborn Screening and for the Storage of Blood Samples?

Beal, Judy; Lewis, Judith; Kenner, Carole

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 39(5):282-283, September/October 2014.

How much should parents be told about routine newborn screening and their options to decide if their baby is tested? These experts provide a thoughtful discussion on the pros and cons of obtaining parental consent for routine newborn screening and storage of blood samples that should be considered by every nurse caring for newborn babies.

Nutrition for the Family

Potential Tools to Assess Diet Quality

Morin, Karen H.

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 39(5):331, September/October 2014.

Our nutrition expert reviews three instruments that can be used to evaluate nutritional intake. These instruments can be used in clinical practice and research.

Health Information Technology

Human Factors, Usability, and the Electronic Health Record

McCartney, Patricia

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 39(5):333, September/October 2014.

The process described to evaluate usability of the electronic health record (EHR) does not seem to have been a part of the development of many of the EHRs that nurses use every day, but is needed to improve experience of users and quality of data entered and subsequently reviewed.

Global Health and Nursing

Fostering Hope: Documenting Interventions Targeting Ethiopian Child Brides

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 39(5):335, September/October 2014.

Child brides are among the most marginalized and invisible women globally. Such marriages violate basic human rights, and many of these young brides are forgotten in global health policy efforts. A program in Ethiopia has been found to be successful at decreasing this practice.

Toward Evidence Based Practice: PDF Only

Perinatal Patient Safety

Underwater Birth: An Elective Intervention With Safety Concerns

Simpson, Kathleen Rice

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 39(5):340, September/October 2014.

Underwater birth is an elective intervention to promote maternal comfort and relaxation. Recommendations from professional organizations are not in agreement as to the safety of underwater birth for the baby. What type of evidence is available about underwater birth?

Women's Perspectives on Falls and Fall Prevention During Pregnancy

Brewin, Dorothy; Nannini, Angela

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 39(5):300-305, September/October 2014.

Pregnant women are at increased risk for falls. This study focuses on women's perceptions of falls risk and their preferences for fall prevention strategies.

Subsequent Pregnancy After Having a Baby Who Was Hospitalized in the NICU

Funaba, Yuki; Yokoo, Kyoko; Ozawa, Mio; More

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 39(5):306-312, September/October 2014.

Having a baby admitted to the neontatal intensive care unit (NICU) can be a stressful experience with multiple future implications. In this study, mothers discuss their decision to have another baby after experiencing their newborns' NICU hospitalization.

Breast Cancer Risk Assessment in Primary Care

Brown, Shannon Lynn; Kartoz, Connie

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 39(5):313-318, September/October 2014.

Breast cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death among women, making its accurate detection and appropriate treatment critical public health priorities. Learn about various tools for assessing breast cancer risk for women in the primary care setting.

Parenting and Concerns of Pregnant Women in Buprenorphine Treatment

Rizzo, Rachel A.; Neumann, Anne M.; King, Stella O.C.; More

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 39(5):319-324, September/October 2014.

Pregnant women who are addicted to prescription opioids have educational needs related to parenting skills and care for a baby that may have neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). A buprenorphine treatment program can decrease risk of NAS and offers the opportunity for referral to parenting programs.

Women's Experience of Decision-Making With Medication Abortion

Cappiello, Joyce; Merrell, Joy; Rentschler, Dorothy

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 39(5):325-330, September/October 2014.

Medication abortion (an abortion caused by a pharmaceutical agent rather than a medical procedure) is becoming more common in the United States. This study provides insight as to why women might choose this approach.

CE Connection

Obstetric Triage: A Systematic Review of the Past Fifteen Years 1998-2013

Angelini, Diane; Howard, Elisabeth

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 39(5):284-297, September/October 2014.

Obstetric triage is a major part of the process of care provided to women who present to the hospital during pregnancy. This systematic review of the literature regarding obstetric triage over the past 15 years offers important information on how obstetric triage has evolved in the United States, best practices, and areas for future research.