Case study: Woman with preeclampsia receives CPAP | RN finds her niche in Houston hospital NICU | Blood test shows promise in detecting Down syndrome in utero
April 9, 2015
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Case study: Woman with preeclampsia receives CPAP
A case study in Obstetrics & Gynecology found a woman with early-onset preeclampsia and sleep-disordered breathing may have prolonged her pregnancy by using continuous positive airway pressure at night. A researcher in Australia said other studies have noted CPAP may improve blood pressure for women with hypertension or fetal activity in women with preeclampsia. Medscape (free registration)/Reuters (3/30)
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RN finds her niche in Houston hospital NICU
Registered nurse Amanda McCormick discovered as she progressed from an associate's degree to a bachelor's degree and was offered a job at Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital in Houston that the neonatal ICU was where she belonged. "In the time I've been a nurse, the NICU has definitely changed. We're seeing fewer babies in the NICU -- 35-week-gestation babies are now going home, and the hospital is providing many more educational opportunities," she said. Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model) (4/3)
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Acute and Primary Peds and Neonatal NP Degrees Distance-Based at Duke
Classes are now forming for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 Semesters for the Acute and Primary Care Pediatric NP and Neonatal NP Majors at Duke. The courses are offered as distance-based options in addition to Duke's regular classroom-based programs. These study options allow students around the world to conveniently earn their Duke School of Nursing MSN Degree.
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Blood test shows promise in detecting Down syndrome in utero
A study in The New England Journal of Medicine revealed a blood test was more effective in screening for Down syndrome in fetuses compared with standard prenatal tests, even among younger, low-risk women. The test, which analyzes DNA fragments from the placenta circulating in the mother's blood, was able to detect all 38 Down syndrome cases out of almost 16,000 patients and had a false positive rate of 0.06%. Reuters (4/1)
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Pregnant women are working longer, data show
Pregnant women are working later into their pregnancies and returning more quickly after giving birth than they did in the past, data show. This could be because more women have entered the workforce since the 1970s and because legislation such as the Pregnancy Discrimination Act has made it easier for them to stay in the workforce, Christopher Ingraham writes. Nevertheless, "U.S. family leave policies remain stingy by international standards," he writes. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)/Wonkblog (4/1)
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Vegan-vegetarian diet OK during pregnancy, review says
It may be safe for pregnant women to eat a vegan-vegetarian diet, according to a review in BJOG. Italian researchers said, however, that women who follow a vegan-vegetarian diet may have a higher risk of vitamin B-12 and iron deficiencies. News (4/2)
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Video system monitors vital signs using skin color changes
Rice University researchers have developed DistancePPG, a video system to measure pulse and breathing rate by analyzing changes in skin color. Researcher Mayank Kumar said the system was developed after he watched NICU babies hooked up to monitor wires, which had to be removed and reinstalled during care procedures, potentially damaging the skin. The Daily Mail (London) (4/6), Business Standard (India)/Press Trust of India (4/7)
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SHRM Exec Study: Impact of Absence
Read the compelling results of this 2014 survey conducted by SHRM and Kronos® that demonstrate how a clearly defined strategy to monitor and manage absence, with proper training and automation, can help control costs associated with absences and improve your bottom line. Click here to learn more.

Palliative care position statement
Neonatal nurses are essential to the provision of palliative and end-of-life care. As the professional voice of neonatal nurses, NANN recommends that neonatal nurses be trained and participate in offering services related to providing palliative and end-of-life care. Nurses and nurse practitioners work with physicians and others to provide symptom management, relief of suffering, and dignity for infants and families. The position statement covers detailed information on the association position, background and significance on the issue, and a list of recommendations. Read now.
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NANN/NANNP Annual Awards
Help NANN and NANNP recognize individuals in the neonatal nursing profession who have inspired, mentored and provided the best patient care. Please take time to nominate a deserving colleague, mentor or chapter for a 2015 annual award. Nominations may be submitted for the following awards: Robyn Main Excellence in Clinical Practice Award, Navigator Award, Leadership Award and the NNP Excellence Award. NANN will also recognize chapters that have made exceptional achievements in the areas of advocacy, communication, community service, education, fundraising and membership. Recipients will be recognized at the 2015 Annual Educational Conference in October. Nominations are due Friday, May 1. Learn more.
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