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November/December 2015 - Volume 40 - Issue 6
pp: 343-403,E23-E24

Editorial


Hot Topics in Maternity Nursing


Magnesium Sulfate for Neuroprotection

Killion, Molly M.

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 40(6):394, November/December 2015.

Magnesium sulfate administered intravenously to women at risk for early preterm birth can decrease risk of cerebral palsy in their babies. The regime from one of the larger randomized trials that studied magnesium sulfate for neuroprotection should be used. A standard protocol for all women who are appropriate candidates is not yet available because each of the randomized trials used different dosing regimens.

Hot Topics in Pediatric Nursing


Gender Nonconforming Children

Beal, Judy A.

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 40(6):395, November/December 2015.

How should pediatric nurses handle parents' questions about gender nonconformity in children and adolescents? Our pediatric nursing expert, Dr. Beal, offers suggestions based on the most recent evidence.

Nutrition for the Family


Gluten-Free Diets

Morin, Karen H.

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 40(6):396, November/December 2015.

Gluten-free diets are becoming a common practice in the United States and other countries. Our nutrition expert, Dr. Morin, explains what you need to know to answer questions from patients about gluten-free diets and suggests resources where you can get more information.

Health Information Technology


mHealth and Collecting Research Data From Patients With Mobile Tablet Apps

McCartney, Patricia

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 40(6):397, November/December 2015.

There are many opportunities for researchers for using mobile tablet apps to engage patients and collect data. Our IT expert, Dr. McCartney, explains the latest on this exciting trend.

Global Health and Nursing


WASH: Highlighting Global Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Initiatives

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 40(6):398, November/December 2015.

Clean water is essential for optimal maternal child health outcomes in poor resource countries. Our expert on global health, Dr. Callister, describes the WASH initiative and what this means for health and wellness for families living in developing areas of the world.

Toward Evidence-Based Practice: PDF Only


Perinatal Patient Safety


Nurse Staffing and Care During the Immediate Postpartum Recovery Period

Simpson, Kathleen Rice

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 40(6):403, November/December 2015.

The first hours after birth are a time of joy and excitement, but also are associated with risk. What can you do to make sure the mother and baby are safe as they transition physiologically during the immediate postpartum recovery period? What standards and guidelines promote maternal and newborn safety during this time?


A Meta-Analysis of Preterm Infant Massage: An Ancient Practice With Contemporary Applications

Badr, Lina Kurdahi; Abdallah, Bahia; Kahale, Lara

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 40(6):344-358, November/December 2015.

Massage therapy may be a comforting measure for infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) to improve weight gain and enhance mental development. However, based on the state of the current evidence, it is challenging to make definite clinical recommendations.

Efficacy of Current Practices for Pain Assessment in Premature Ventilated Infants in the NICU Exposed to a High Number of Pain-Associated Procedures

Rohan, Annie J.

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 40(6):367-372, November/December 2015.

Commonly used methods for pain assessment in premature ventilated infants may not accurately detect pain because a high number of pain-associated procedures was rarely associated with an elevated pain score. Resources that are expended on regular pain reassessment processes in the NICU may need to be reconsidered in light of the very low yield for clinical alterations in care in this setting. Better methods to more accurately assess and manage the infant pain experience are needed.

Mothers' Perceptions of Labor Support

Nikula, Pirkko; Laukkala, Helena; Pölkki, Tarja

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 40(6):373-380, November/December 2015.

This study of new mothers offers valuable information for those who care for women during labor and birth. New mothers really appreciated labor support and valued emotional support above other types of support. Giving praise was identified as one of the most important aspects of helping a woman cope with the process of labor.

Father Involvement and Psychological Well-Being of Pregnant Women

Giurgescu, Carmen; Templin, Thomas N.

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 40(6):381-387, November/December 2015.

Involvement of the father of the baby during pregnancy has been associated with better maternal and infant outcomes. In this study, pregnant women who reported father involvement had lower levels of depressive symptoms and higher levels of psychological wellbeing than women who indicated that the father of the baby was minimally or not involved. Nurses can encourage father involvement at every interaction during the prenatal period and during labor, birth and postpartum.

Developmental Screening and Follow-up by Nurses

Lynch, Brian A.; Weaver, Amy L.; Starr, Stephanie R.; More

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 40(6):388-393, November/December 2015.

Nurses as developmental screening coordinators can improve the amount of appropriate and needed early intervention and subspecialty referrals for infants with developmental needs.

CE Connection


Skin-to-Skin Contact: A Comforting Place With Comfort Food

Ludington-Hoe, Susan M.

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 40(6):359-366, November/December 2015.

Evidence suggests skin-to-skin contact between the mother and newborn provides a comforting environment. Skin-to-skin contact promotes infant physiologic stability and warmth, helps in organizing infant sleep, reduces stress and pain, and makes breast milk readily available. Comfort to the newborn can be effectively accomplished by skin-to-skin contact.