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1. Addressing variations in perinatal nurse staffing

AWHONN SmartBrief | Apr 24, 2015

In a recent editorial, Debra Bingham describes how the lack of clarity regarding the value of high-quality nursing care results in wide variation in perinatal nurse staffing. The editorial introduces an In Focus series, which includes articles regarding the supporting role of technology, key findings from the AWHONN Perinatal Staffing Data Collaborative and more. Read the full editorial in JOGNN. Blank (04/24)


2. WHO recommendation on cesareans

AWHONN SmartBrief | Apr 21, 2015

Cesareans should be performed only when medically necessary, according to the World Health Organization. The WHO said although the procedure is often necessary and can be lifesaving, too many women and infants may be at risk for short- and long-term health problems when cesareans are performed without medical need. Read the WHO news release. Blank (04/20)


3. Faculty nurses describe attributes important to the job

AWHONN SmartBrief | Apr 24, 2015

Quality nursing faculty tend to have the same attributes as good nurses, including flexibility and the ability to manage irregular schedules and communicate with diverse groups. Prior teaching experience is typically outweighed by hands-on patient experience, says Carrie Cormack, a pediatric nurse practitioner and instructor at the Medical University of South Carolina. U.S. News & World Report (04/15)


4. Protecting Our Infants Act of 2015

AWHONN SmartBrief | Apr 21, 2015

Last month, a bipartisan bill was introduced in the House of Representatives and the Senate called the Protecting Our Infants Act of 2015. The legislation addresses best practices for the diagnosis and treatment of neonatal abstinence syndrome. AWHONN recently led a coalition of 16 national nursing organizations in support of this legislation. Help support this bill by contacting your elected officials! Our Legislative Action Center includes a template letter in support of this legislation. With just a few quick clicks, the letter will go directly to your elected officials. Ask them to support the bill today! Blank (04/20)


5. Study examines antibiotic use in Calif. NICUs

AWHONN SmartBrief | Apr 21, 2015

Researchers looked at more than 52,000 infants in 127 neonatal intensive care units in California and found that about half of NICUs gave antibiotics to newborns for less than 25% of patient-days, while half administered on more than 25% of patient-days. The findings, published in Pediatrics, showed that antibiotic use does not correlate with infection rates, surgical cases or infant deaths, which researchers said indicates they may be overused. HealthDay News (04/20)


6. Studies support more parent involvement in NICU baby care

AWHONN SmartBrief | Apr 21, 2015

International study data show better outcomes when parents care for their newborns in the NICU, and researchers suggest the physical contact may help a baby's developing immune system. The University of California at San Francisco has applied for an NIH grant to study the Family Integrated Care approach. Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The (04/13)


7. Baptist Medical hires nurses who use their hearts and heads

AWHONN SmartBrief | Apr 24, 2015

Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville, in Florida, has seen its patient satisfaction scores increase along with its staff engagement measures, including a decreasing turnover rate for nurses. President Michael Mayo said the hospital looks for nurses whose heads and hearts are connected. H&HN Magazine online (04/14)


8. Demand for RNs in La. leads to higher salaries, bonuses

AWHONN SmartBrief | Apr 24, 2015

St. Francis Medical Center CEO Kristin Wolkart said the Louisiana hospital could hire every nursing graduate coming out of area schools and still not meet its demand. The need for nurses in the region has boosted wages and led to hiring bonuses. P&S Surgical Hospital CEO Linda Holyfield said the future is bright for registered nurses and the profession has something for everyone. "Hospitals may be getting smaller, but outpatient clinics and other services are exploding," Holyfield said. News-Star (Monroe, La.) (tiered subscription model), The (04/18)


9. Analysis evaluates co-testing for spotting cervical cancer

AWHONN SmartBrief | Apr 21, 2015

A combination of human papillomavirus and Pap testing yielded the highest sensitivity rate for detecting cervical cancer compared with HPV test alone and Pap test alone, according to a retrospective analysis of data on 256,648 women reported in the journal Cancer Cytopathology. Co-testing also had the lowest false-negative rate at 5.5%. MedPage Today (free registration) (04/15)


10. Miscarriage, preterm delivery more likely with celiac disease

AWHONN SmartBrief | Apr 21, 2015

Researchers looked at 970 women and found that those with celiac disease were more likely to miscarry and deliver prematurely than those without celiac disease. The findings suggest women who experience miscarriages or preterm deliveries should be tested for celiac disease, the lead researcher said. Reuters (04/16)




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