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1. JOGNN explores critical role of hospital nurse staffing during childbirth

AWHONN SmartBrief | Feb 24, 2015

Our March/April 2015 issue of the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing includes several articles focusing on perinatal nurse staffing to provide guidance for best practices. Read some of the groundbreaking work on perinatal nurse staffing: "Planning and Evaluating Evidence-Based Perinatal Nurse Staffing" describes the many factors that should be considered for planning perinatal staffing based on a review of literature and highlight two frameworks that can help with staffing decisions. "The Role of Health Care Technology in Support of Perinatal Nurse Staffing" describes how electronic systems can support staffing decisions. "Key Findings from the AWHONN Perinatal Staffing Data Collaborative" explains how AWHONN created a collaborative to survey U.S. birthing hospitals about their perinatal staffing patterns. "Predicting Nurse Staffing Needs for a Labor and Birth Unit in a Large-Volume Perinatal Service" describes testing of a nurse staffing model to determine needs for a large-volume labor and birth unit. Blank (02/24)


2. New roles for nurses will drive 2015 trends, experts say

AWHONN SmartBrief | Feb 20, 2015

Nursing experts say professional trends for this year are likely to include more nurses in leadership positions affecting policy, heading up care coordination and multidisciplinary teams, and working in ambulatory health jobs. "Health care is growing so much, and nurses are prepared to assume roles in a number of settings," said Meredith Wallace Kazer, a dean and professor at Fairfield University. NurseZone.com (01/12)


3. 2 antibiotics may lead to GI condition in newborns, study finds

AWHONN SmartBrief | Feb 24, 2015

Newborns given oral azithromycin and erythromycin may be at increased risk of the gastrointestinal condition pyloric stenosis, researchers from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences reported in Pediatrics. The study found the biggest risk comes in the first two weeks of life, with reduced risk for babies ages 2 weeks to 6 weeks. HealthDay News (02/16)


4. Online nurse-midwife-NP program draws working nurses

AWHONN SmartBrief | Feb 20, 2015

Georgetown University offers its nurse-midwife/women's health nurse practitioner program online. Program director Julia Lange Kessler said there is no waiting list because Georgetown has plenty of faculty. She said many types of nurses are a good fit for the program, including those working in emergency departments, pediatrics and NICUs. Nurse.com (02/11)


5. New HPV vaccine adds protection, but widespread use will be a challenge

AWHONN SmartBrief | Feb 24, 2015

A study of 14,215 young women found that the new 9-valent human papillomavirus vaccine adds protection against five additional strains of the virus beyond the four covered by the original vaccine. As a result, overall protection against cervical cancer has risen to about 90% compared with 70% for the first-generation vaccine, according to the study in the New England Journal of Medicine. Experts say U.S. vaccination rates need to improve, and it will be a challenge to get more young women to use the vaccine. Medscape (free registration) (02/20)


6. Experts ID factors that may affect pediatric immune system

AWHONN SmartBrief | Feb 24, 2015

Babies who were breast-fed at 1 month and 6 months exhibited distinct microbiome composition compared with babies who were not breast-fed, which may affect immune system development, a series of studies indicated. Researchers also found factors such as gestational age at birth and cesarean-section birth may influence gut bacteria composition. The findings were to be presented at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology meeting. Medical News Today (02/22)


7. Register today for the 2015 AWHONN Annual Convention

AWHONN SmartBrief | Feb 20, 2015

Enhance your professional knowledge and skills by attending the 2015 AWHONN Annual Convention from June 13-17 in Long Beach, Calif. The AWHONN convention offers more than 100 educational sessions, workshops, paper presentations and other events that provide tools and strategies to improve the quality of patient care and safety. Learn more in the 2015 AWHONN Convention Preliminary Brochure. Blank (02/20)


8. Hospital's pediatric ICU temporarily closes due to nurse shortage

AWHONN SmartBrief | Feb 20, 2015

Ventura County Medical Center in California has temporarily closed its pediatric intensive care unit, the only one in the county, because it can't find enough nurses to staff it. Officials say advanced training requirements make hiring or transferring nurses from other units more difficult, but they are contacting staffing agencies and hoping to share personnel with other pediatric ICUs so the unit can reopen. Ventura County Star (Calif.) (free registration) (02/11)


9. Study links multivitamin-mineral use to lower risk of heart disease death

AWHONN SmartBrief | Feb 24, 2015

Women who had been taking multivitamin-mineral supplements for at least three years had a 35% lower risk of dying from heart disease over the next 18 years, compared with those who did not take them, according to a study in the Journal of Nutrition. The study, led by a registered dietitian from the NIH's Office of Dietary Supplements, found the results did not hold true for women who had been taking the supplements for less than three years or for men. Reuters (02/18)


10. Google grant to help parents bond with their babies in ICU

AWHONN SmartBrief | Feb 24, 2015

Google has provided a $100,000 grant to enable parents of patients at the Medical University of South Carolina's neonatal intensive care unit to check on the status of their babies using iPads. The devices will be equipped with the Google Hangouts application to allow families to see the babies and also communicate with the NICU staff. Health Data Management (02/23)




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