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November/December 2014 - Volume 39 - Issue 6
pp: 344-388,E1-E3

Editorial


MCN News

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 39(6):344, November/December 2014.

MCN is participating in an effort to enhance the applicability of research results from studies about maternity care. MCN is reaching out via Facebook and Twitter. MCN has an app for the iPad. Get connected to MCN in new ways.

Nutrition for the Family


Differentiating Between Food Security and Insecurity

Morin, Karen H.

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 39(6):381, November/December 2014.

Food insecurity is not the same as hunger. Learn what food security and insecurity mean in the context of ease of accessibility to food, anxiety, and eating patterns.

Health Information Technology


Smart Phones Transform Patient-Centered Telemedicine

McCartney, Patricia

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 39(6):382, November/December 2014.

It's amazing how much telemedicine has progressed in the last decade. Our expert in health information technology provides an update on the current state of telemedicine and what can be expected in the future.

Global Health and Nursing


The Oral Cholera Vaccine: Meeting Millennium Development Goal Six

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 39(6):383, November/December 2014.

Cholera is a devastating illness that may be prevented in developing countries by administration of oral cholera vaccines.

Toward Evidence Based Practice Column: PDF Only


Perinatal Patient Safety Column


Eliminating Early-Term Elective Births: More Work Is Needed

Simpson, Kathleen Rice

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 39(6):388, November/December 2014.

Early-term elective births have decreased significantly in the United States over the past few years, however this success has not be realized by all. Differences in rates exist among providers, hospitals, states, and regions of the country. A new resource has been published to assist with the process of eliminating early-term elective births.

Guest Editorial


The Core Outcomes in Women's Health (CROWN) Initiative

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 39(6):E1-E3, November/December 2014.

MCN is participating in an initiative with more than 55 other women's health journals to develop and promote use of a core set of outcomes for specific areas of clinical care, such as preterm birth prevention. The goal of the project is to improve the ability to compare results across studies and enhance the quality of the cumulative body of evidence in the field.


Radiation Exposure and Pregnancy

Labant, Amy; Silva, Christina

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 39(6):345-350, November/December 2014.

Radiation exposure during pregnancy can have serious health implications for the mother and her fetus. A review of key information for nurses about radiation exposure and pregnancy is provided.

Nurses as Primary Advocates for Immunization Adherence

Wade, Gail Holland

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 39(6):351-356, November/December 2014.

Nurses can be helpful in promoting childhood immunizations when they have adequate data to share with parents. This article provides up-to-date evidence for nurses about childhood immunizations.

Health Promotion Text Blasts for Minority Adolescent Mothers

Brown, Sara; Hudson, Diane Brage; Campbell-Grossman, Christie; More

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 39(6):357-362, November/December 2014.

There are innovative ways to share knowledge about parenting with young mothers. Text blasts to cell phones is one such option and was well received by participants in this study. This method may be of benefit to other young new mothers.

Does the Type of Sleep Surface Influence Infant Wellbeing in the NICU?

Stoltz, Regina; Byrd, Rhonda; Hench, Anna Jeanine; More

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 39(6):363-368, November/December 2014.

Is there a difference in wellbeing of babies in the NICU based on the type of mattress used for their sleep surface? These nurses evaluated two types of mattresses; the standard vinyl covered foam mattress and the viscoelastic polyurethane mattress.

Informal Milk Sharing: What Nurses Need to Know

Martino, Kimberly; Spatz, Diane

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 39(6):369-374, November/December 2014.

Informal breast milk sharing is occurring outside the hospital setting. Perinatal nurses need to know the risks and benefits so they can be helpful to women and their families who are considering milk sharing.

Smoking Cessation and Relapse Challenges Reported by Postpartum Women

Yang, Irene; Hall, Lynne

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 39(6):375-380, November/December 2014.

Pregnancy and the postpartum period can be powerful incentives to quit smoking, however there are many barriers to success. This study provides insight on the challenges of smoking cessation for new mothers.