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January/February 2016 - Volume 41 - Issue 1
pp: 7-68,E1-E4


Hot Topics in Maternity Nursing

Standards-Based Determination of the Estimated Due Date

Wisner, Kirsten

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 41(1):58, January/February 2016.

Accurate pregnancy dating is important in promoting the best outcomes. New recommendations on determining the estimated due date have been published by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Institute of Ultrasound Medicine, and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) (2014) and are explained by our maternity nursing expert.

Hot Topics in Pediatric Nursing

Childhood Obesity

Beal, Judy A.

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 41(1):59, January/February 2016.

Childhood obesity is a major public health problem that has immediate and long-term sequelae including: high cholesterol or high blood pressure, diabetes, bone and joint disorders, sleep apnea, and social and emotional problems. Obese children and adolescents are highly likely to remain obese as adults and therefore develop serious adult health problems of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer, and osteoarthritis. Our pediatric nursing expert, Dr. Beal, provides an update.

Nutrition for the Family

High Altitude Illness: Dietary Implications

Morin, Karen H.

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 41(1):60, January/February 2016.

Have you ever wondered how to prevent high altitude illness when traveling? What is the best nutrition advice for patients planning travel to a high altitude destination? Our nutrition expert, Dr. Morin, explains how adequate hydration and eating more complex carbohydrates may be helpful as proactive preventative measures.

Health Information Technology

Nursing Practice With Menstrual and Fertility Mobile Apps

McCartney, Patricia R.

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 41(1):61, January/February 2016.

A search on any smart phone app store for menstruation, ovulation, or fertility trackers results in hundreds of choices of free or low cost apps. Women use these apps frequently. Our HIT expert, Dr. McCartney, shows they can be beneficial for clinical practice.

Global Health and Nursing

Managing Birth Asphyxia: Helping Babies Breathe

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 41(1):62, January/February 2016.

Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) is a remarkable evidence-based intervention with documented significant outcomes. It is a neonatal resuscitation program embedded within essential services for mothers and newborns in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics, the World Health Organization, United States Agency for International Development, Save the Children's Saving Newborn Lives program, the National Institute of Child Health and Development, and other global health stakeholders. Our global health expert, Dr. Callister, provides an overview of the program.

Toward Evidence-Based Practice: PDF Only

Perinatal Patient Safety

Incivility, Bullying, and Workplace Violence: New Recommendations for Nurses and Their Employers From the American Nurses Association

Simpson, Kathleen Rice

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 41(1):68, January/February 2016.

A new position statement from the American Nurses' Association on incivility, bullying, and workplace violence is reviewed. Nurses have responsibilities as professionals to speak up and take action when there is incivility, bullying, and violence in the workplace.

A Community-Based Home Visitation Program's Impact on Birth Outcomes

Guo, Yuqing; Pimentel, Pamela; Lessard, Jared; More

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 41(1):16-23, January/February 2016.

Home visiting programs are a promising approach to decrease adverse births outcomes in disadvantaged communities.

Virtual Visits: Managing prenatal care with modern technology

Pflugeisen, Bethann M.; McCarren, Christi; Poore, Stephen; More

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 41(1):24-30, January/February 2016.

Virtual prenatal visits interspersed with in-office visits are a novel way to meet the needs of healthy low-risk pregnant women and may offer the ability to improve efficiency while decreasing costs.

Nurses' Perceptions of Caring for Childbearing Women who Misuse Opioids

Shaw, Michele Rose; Lederhos, Crystal; Haberman, Mel; More

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 41(1):37-42, January/February 2016.

Misuse of prescription and illicit opioids among women of childbearing age has dramatically increased over the last 30 years in the United States. This study explores nurses' perceptions of challenges and opportunities in providing nursing care for childbearing women who misuse opioids and their babies who have been exposed to opioids during pregnancy.

Safe Sleep for Hospitalized Infants

McMullen, Sherri L.; Fioravanti, Irene Dutko; Brown, Kristen; More

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 41(1):43-50, January/February 2016.

A quality improvement project to promote safe sleep for hospitalized infants is reported. The project covered eight pediatric units, the neonatal intensive care unit, and the mother-baby unit. Success came slower than expected, however challenges in engaging nurses and other caregivers in the project were eventually overcome.

Health Professionals' Practices and Attitudes About Miscarriage

Engel, Joyce; Rempel, Lynn

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 41(1):51-57, January/February 2016.

Many women come to the emergency department when they are having a miscarriage; however, nurses and physicians in the emergency department do not always know how to best help women through this devastating life event.

CE Connection

Cardiovascular Implications of Preeclampsia

Burgess, Adriane; Founds, Sandra

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 41(1):8-15, January/February 2016.

Women who develop preeclampsia during pregnancy are at risk for cardiovascular disease later in life.

Teen Mothers' Mental Health

SmithBattle, Lee; Freed, Patricia

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 41(1):31-36, January/February 2016.

Teen mothers often have psychological distress. High rates of distress are attributed to teen mothers' childhood adversities and the difficulties of parenting in the context of chronic stress, cumulative disadvantage, and limited social support.