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May/June 2017 - Volume 42 - Issue 3
pp: 131-188,E10-E13

Editorial: Global Health Special Topics Series

Broadening our Perspectives: Health of Women and Children Globally

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 42(3):131, May/June 2017.

Dr. Callister, as guest editor of this MCN special topics series on global health, presents a summary of the importance of nursing contributions to the wellbeing of mothers and children worldwide as highlighted in the feature articles and emphasizes the critical health needs of this vulnerable population.

Hot Topics in Maternity Nursing

Screening for Tobacco and Nicotine Use in Pregnancy

Wisner, Kirsten

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 42(3):179, May/June 2017.

Nearly 10 percent of women in the United States report smoking at one time during their pregnancy. Screening for tobacco and nicotine use during pregnancy is important to identify women who need help with smoking cessation. Various types of tobacco and nicotine products are discussed to familiarize nurses with new products that women should be asked about during pregnancy in addition to cigarettes. Smoking cessation toolkits and resources for clinicians are presented.

Hot Topics in Pediatric Nursing

Cry It Out: What Is It and Is It Appropriate?

Beal, Judy A.

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 42(3):180, May/June 2017.

Infant wakefulness at night is common. New parents often turn to the Internet for what to do when they encounter issues with their new baby that they're not sure how to handle, however, there are multiple websites offering advice that is not evidence-based. Our pediatric nursing expert, Dr. Beal, provides the most recent information on infant wakefulness at night for nurses to be able offer helpful advice to parents.

Nutrition for the Family

When Healthy Eating is Carried to the Extreme

Morin, Karen

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 42(3):181, May/June 2017.

Orthorexia nervosa is a fairly new nonspecific eating disorder, and given societal emphasis on health and healthy diets, nurses should be familiar with it and the consequences. Our nutrition expert, Dr. Morin, offers advice on how to identify those with orthorexia nervosa. This is the last column by Dr. Morin and we thank her for many years of service to MCN as the nutrition columnist.

Global Health and Nursing

Sustainable Development and the Literacy of Women and Girls

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 42(3):182, May/June 2017.

Many women and girls in developing countries are illiterate. Literacy and health are closely related. As literacy improves, so does the health of women and girls, while maternal morbidity and mortality decreases. Our global health nursing expert, Dr. Callister, discusses the relationship between literacy and maternal child health worldwide and what organizations are doing to help.

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Perinatal Patient Safety

Disruptive Behavior in the Clinical Setting: Implications for Patient Safety

Simpson, Kathleen Rice

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 42(3):188, May/June 2017.

Disruptive clinician behavior continues to be a problem in the clinical setting and increases risk of preventable harm to mothers and babies. A new committee opinion from the American College of Obstetrician and Gynecologists offers updated information about this type of behavior in our practice specialty and how to address it.

Global Immunizations: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Worldwide

Macintosh, Janelle L. B.; Eden, Lacey M.; Luthy, Karlen E.; More

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 42(3):139-145, May/June 2017.

Global immunizations save 2.5 million lives per year, yet in many areas of the world, there are low rates of immunizations. Three million people worldwide still die every year from vaccine preventable diseases; about half of those deaths are young children and infants. Barriers to immunizations are presented as well as ongoing work to improve immunization rates worldwide.

Honoring Motherhood: The Meaning of Childbirth for Tongan Women

Reed, Shelly J.; Callister, Lynn Clark; Kavaefiafi, ‘Ana; More

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 42(3):146-152, May/June 2017.

Tongan women who had recently given birth were intereviewed about their experiences in this study. The overarching theme was honoring motherhood, with other subthemes related to an unmedicated vaginal birth, spiritual dimensions of birth, cultural practices, and the concept of respect. These data will be useful for nurses caring for women from Tonga who are giving birth in the United States.

Use of Traditional Birth Practices by Chinese Women in the United States

Saito, Maki; Lyndon, Audrey

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 42(3):153-159, May/June 2017.

With globalization, many women are giving birth in countries other than where they were born. This study explores use of traditional birth practices by Chinese women in the United States. Chinese women giving birth in the United States respect traditional childbirth practices, while building their own views of each tradition by integrating an evaluation of Chinese and American perspectives.

Sleep Quality and Quantity in Low-Income Postpartum Women

Doering, Jennifer J.; Szabo, Aniko; Goyal, Deepika; More

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 42(3):166-172, May/June 2017.

Patterns of postpartum sleep, fatigue, and depressive symptoms were studied in low income urban women. Findings suggest adverse effects of inadequate sleep on physical and mental health as well as safety and functioning, especially within the context of poverty, may be profound.

Challenges to Breastfeeding Initiation and Duration for Teen Mothers

Cota-Robles, Sonia; Pedersen, Laura; LeCroy, Craig Winston

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 42(3):173-178, May/June 2017.

Breastfeeding practices of teen participants in a community outreach program that promoted breastfeeding through prenatal and postpartum support were studied. Nearly all teens reported initiating breastfeeding but few breastfed to six months. Teens stopped breastfeeding for the same reasons reported by adult mothers. Findings highlight areas in which teen mothers' knowledge and skills can be supported to promote breastfeeding duration, including pain management and better recognition of infant cues.

CE Connection

Global Health of Babies and Children

Gennaro, Susan; O'Connor, Caitlin; Marx, Megan

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 42(3):132-138, May/June 2017.

An overview of the health of neonates, infants, and children around the world is presented. Issues in maximizing neonatal health are examined using the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals developed by the United Nations. In an increasingly global world where wars, climate change, civil unrest, and economic uncertainty all influence health, nurses should be aware of common global health problems for babies and children and current recommendations to enhance their health.

A Nurse-Directed Model for Nitrous Oxide Use During Labor

Pinyan, Toni; Curlee, Kelly; Keever, Mellanie; More

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 42(3):160-165, May/June 2017.

Nitrous oxide is becoming more widely available to women laboring and giving birth in the United States. A nurse-directed model for offering nitrous oxide during labor in a small volume perinatal service in a rural community hospital is presented.