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Amy Fuller, Charlotte Stone
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December 255, 2017: Nursing for Women's Health
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December 255, 2017: Nursing for Women's Health
Ashley L Hodges, Deborah K Walker
Women are inundated with advertisements for products promising younger-looking, healthier skin. The truth is that many of these products can be expensive and produce results that do not live up to the claims. Health care providers can educate women about proven best practices and how to evaluate products' claims of benefits. The best advice is that a well-balanced diet, adequate hydration, use of a topical moisturizer, protection from the sun, and avoiding smoking and tobacco are the most effective measures to not only healthy skin but a healthful life...
December 255, 2017: Nursing for Women's Health
Allyssa L Harris
Depression is a significant health issue for women of reproductive age. A number of professional organizations have issued guidance regarding perinatal depression screening. However, some health care providers are reluctant to screen women. This column takes a second look at two recent research studies in which investigators examined the barriers to and facilitators of perinatal depression screening.
December 255, 2017: Nursing for Women's Health
Kathryn A Espenshade, Lisa Hreniuk
Our obstetric nursing unit was faced with low patient satisfaction scores in the area of pain management. We wondered if enabling women to control their own over-the-counter medication administration would help with the scores. Working together with interdisciplinary teams, members of this nursing unit implemented practice changes and, in the process, realized improved patient satisfaction scores.
December 255, 2017: Nursing for Women's Health
Jenna Alana LoGiudice
For women who have experienced sexual abuse, the physical changes associated with pregnancy and the lack of control during birth can be catalysts for trauma from past abuse to resurface. This systematic review offers women's health care providers a thorough evaluation of the state of the science on survivors' childbearing experiences. The literature shows that lack of control, dissociation, and flashbacks are common themes. Re-experiencing of the trauma occurred during various stages of childbirth and was traumatizing to women...
December 255, 2017: Nursing for Women's Health
Martha E Farrar Highfield, Carolyn Scharf-Swaller, Lawrence Chu
Simulation may help both novice and experienced clinicians maintain competence in managing high-risk, low-frequency obstetric and perinatal complications and emergencies. Therefore, we designed a pre-/posttest study to determine whether a day of nurse-led lecture plus low-fidelity simulation would increase registered nurses' self-assessed knowledge and confidence in managing five high-risk obstetric/perinatal situations. The Nursing Management of OB/Perinatal Complications & Emergencies (NursOB) scale was distributed to 67 labor/birth and postpartum nurses before and after a simulation training day...
December 255, 2017: Nursing for Women's Health
Patricia D Suplee, Lisa Kleppel, Anne Santa-Donato, Debra Bingham
Maternal morbidity and mortality rates remain high in the United States compared with other developed countries. Of particular concern is the rise in postpartum deaths, because many of the risk factors for complications associated with maternal morbidity and mortality may not be clearly identified before a woman's discharge after birth. Although nurses provide some form of postpartum discharge education to all women who give birth, the information women receive on common potential complications is not always consistent or evidence based...
December 255, 2017: Nursing for Women's Health
Cindra Holland, Peggy Foster, Deborah Ulrich, Kathryn Adkins
We implemented an evidence-based practice improvement project at a health care facility in the Midwestern United States to address the increasing rate of cesarean surgical site infections. Women who experienced cesarean birth were cared for using a standardized evidence-based protocol including preoperative and postoperative care and education. In addition, a team-created educational video was used by both women and their families during the postoperative period and at home after discharge. This new protocol resulted in a decrease in the rate of cesarean surgical site infections from 1...
December 255, 2017: Nursing for Women's Health
Cresilda T Newsom
Diagnostic ultrasound can be used in late pregnancy to assess a fetus's condition, especially when there are complications. However, it remains controversial to carry out scans in late pregnancy on all pregnant women. Reasons for performing these scans include detecting clinical conditions that place a fetus or woman at high risk that would not necessarily have been detected by other means (such as clinical examination) and for which subsequent management would improve perinatal outcomes.
December 255, 2017: Nursing for Women's Health
Mary C Brucker
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December 255, 2017: Nursing for Women's Health
Ginger L Arrowood
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October 2016: Nursing for Women's Health
Heidi Collins Fantasia
It is estimated that up to 80% of women experience symptoms related to declining estrogen levels that occur with menopause. The most common bothersome symptoms reported by women during and after this transition are vasomotor symptoms, which can include hot flashes, flushing, night sweats, and sleep disturbances. These symptoms are the most common reason women seek care during menopause. Until recently, the mainstay of treatment and symptom relief has been estrogen supplementation. In 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved paroxetine, a low-dose selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, as the first nonhormonal treatment for moderate to severe vasomotor symptoms of menopause...
October 2016: Nursing for Women's Health
Cynthia H Whetten
In NICU settings, caring for neonates born as early as 23 weeks gestation presents unique challenges for caregivers. Traditionally, preterm infants who are learning to orally feed take a predetermined volume of breast milk or formula at scheduled intervals, regardless of their individual ability to coordinate each feeding. Evidence suggests that this volume-driven feeding model should be replaced with a more individualized, developmentally appropriate practice. Evidence from the literature suggests that preterm infants fed via cue-based feeding reach full oral feeding status faster than their volume-feeding counterparts and have shorter lengths of stay in the hospital...
October 2016: Nursing for Women's Health
Cheryl K Roth, Lindsey J Syed
von Willebrand disease is the most prevalent inherited bleeding disorder, affecting up to 1.3% of the population. It is caused by a defect or deficiency of the von Willebrand factor. Women with the condition may not be aware of their condition at the time of childbirth, but they are at high risk of postpartum hemorrhage even days after birth. In this article we briefly review the condition and specific considerations for the antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum phases. It is important for nurses who care for women during childbirth to have a keen understanding of this condition...
October 2016: Nursing for Women's Health
Amy McKeever, SueEllen Alderman, Stephanie Luff, Brian DeJesus
Severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI) refers to complex mood disorders that include major depressive disorder with or without psychosis; severe anxiety disorders resistant to treatment; affective psychotic disorders including bipolar affective disorder, schizophrenia, and schizoaffective disorder; and other nonaffective subtypes of schizophrenia. SPMIs affect 1 in 17 people and are among the leading causes of disability and impaired health-related quality of life in the United States. Caring for childbearing women with preexisting SPMI can be challenging for maternal-child health clinicians...
October 2016: Nursing for Women's Health
Rachel Joseph, Marissa Giovinazzo, Megan Brown
Placentophagia (consuming the placenta) has historically not been a common practice among humans. Over the past few decades the practice has gained attention as more women, particularly educated, middle-class, White American women, choose to partake in this practice. Purported benefits of placentophagia include pain relief, increased breast milk production, and decreased risk of postpartum depression; however, there is a lack of evidence to support these claims. The placenta can be consumed raw, cooked, or encapsulated; it can be used for keepsakes; or it can be used to make topical applications such as dermatologic creams and hair-growth products...
October 2016: Nursing for Women's Health
Alicia D Debevec, Tracy A Evanson
Exclusive breastfeeding for at least 6 months is universally acknowledged as the optimal means of infant nutrition. However, current studies show that most women are not following this recommendation. Many studies address the issue of increasing breastfeeding rates, but fewer explore the perspectives and experiences of breastfeeding women. In this article we review the literature and identify common themes in women's breastfeeding experiences. Nurses and other health care providers stand to help or hinder breastfeeding women, and they must be aware of and sensitive to women's personal experiences and perspectives to understand how to best promote and support women in their attempts to meet their breastfeeding goals...
October 2016: Nursing for Women's Health
Jena Meyer, Mary Pomeroy, Davika Reid, Julie Zuniga
There are approximately 3.3 million people of the Muslim faith living in the United States. This article explores how Muslim women observe their religious beliefs during pregnancy and discusses implications for nursing care of pregnant Muslim women during Ramadan. Although pregnant Muslim women can be exempt from fasting, many still choose to fast during Ramadan. Factors that influence a woman's decision to fast include gravity and parity, maternal education, maternal age, body mass index, comprehension of Islamic Law, and gestational trimester...
October 2016: Nursing for Women's Health
Kate Maslin
Excessive weight gain during pregnancy is associated with poor maternal and neonatal health outcomes. A Cochrane Review found that healthful diet and/or exercise interventions reduced the risk of excessive gestational weight gain on average by 20%. The largest reduction occurred with combined diet and supervised exercise interventions.
October 2016: Nursing for Women's Health
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