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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
Susan Gennaro
With more people having access to health care in the United States as a result of the Affordable Care Act, there is a greater need for nurses now than ever before. Generalist nurses will need to be educated, not just to care for people in hospitals, but also to promote health and help manage chronic conditions in a wide variety of health care settings. More advanced-practice nurses will be needed to provide primary care. Although the need for nurses educated at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in emerging health care systems is increasing, the number of nursing educators is decreasing...
October 2016: Nursing for Women's Health
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October 2016: Nursing for Women's Health
Mary C Brucker
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October 2016: Nursing for Women's Health
Ashley L Hodges
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August 2016: Nursing for Women's Health
Lisa M Cleveland
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August 2016: Nursing for Women's Health
Sandra K Cesario
Women and children compose the largest segment of the more than 1 billion people worldwide who are unable to access needed health care services. To address this and other global health issues, the United Nations brought together world leaders to address growing health inequities, first by establishing the Millennium Development Goals in 2000 and more recently establishing Sustainable Development Goals, which are an intergovernmental set of 17 goals consisting of 169 targets with 304 indicators to measure compliance; they were designed to be applicable to all countries...
August 2016: Nursing for Women's Health
Tricia A Templet, Roger D Rholdon
Hair-thread tourniquets are a rare occurrence but result in significant injury as a hair or thread wraps around a digit, resulting in tissue swelling, pain, or possible tissue ischemia. This condition is often overlooked in the differential diagnosis for a fussy infant. Awareness of this condition will help nurses and other clinicians identify and treat the condition. Some simple prevention strategies can help parents and other caregivers mitigate risk.
August 2016: Nursing for Women's Health
Cheryl K Roth, Annmarie Puttbrese, Charlotte Ottley
Thalassemia syndromes are becoming more common in the United States as the population becomes more diverse. To provide appropriate care to this patient population, nurses must know that thalassemia syndromes are classified into two main types, α-thalassemia and β-thalassemia. α-Thalassemia is further delineated into four clinical patterns: silent carrier state, mild α-thalassemia, hemoglobin H disease, and hydrops fetalis. Understanding each of these complex anemias and their potential effects on a pregnant woman and her fetus will enable nurses to interpret these women's unique laboratory test results...
August 2016: Nursing for Women's Health
Cathi Phillips, Margaret Boyd
Early-onset preeclampsia is a serious condition of pregnancy with the potential for adverse maternal and fetal health outcomes. A strong body of evidence supports the need for postpartum follow-up and health counseling, because these women and their offspring are at risk for future cardiovascular disease; nurses play a key role in this education. An understanding of the diagnosis, risk screening for, pathogenesis, and management of severe preeclampsia and its sequelae, such as intrauterine growth restriction and pulmonary edema, enables nurses to develop a comprehensive plan of care that will support women and their families through this challenging and dynamic complication of pregnancy...
August 2016: Nursing for Women's Health
Crystal Lambert Chapman, Allyssa L Harris
Studies suggest that women living with HIV are not being adequately screened for cervical cancer. In this article we review the latest recommendations for cervical cancer screening in women with HIV and make recommendations for clinical practice.
August 2016: Nursing for Women's Health
Deborah J Eganhouse, Leticia Gutierrez, Lorena Cuellar, Cecilia Velasquez
Nurse leaders used the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's survey on Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care, as well as Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative guidelines, to transform maternity care in a safety-net hospital with more than 3,500 births annually. Implementing evidence-based guidelines to support breastfeeding was essential for a vulnerable population characterized by minimal prenatal care and high rates of diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and poverty. Research showing the importance of breastfeeding in protecting against these factors guided extensive changes in our maternity care model...
August 2016: Nursing for Women's Health
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