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Nurses’ Perspectives On Neonatal Massage Therapy In The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Kayla R. Hanson 2013 Liberty University

Nurses’ Perspectives On Neonatal Massage Therapy In The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Kayla R. Hanson

Senior Honors Theses

Research in neonatal massage therapy has shown many possible benefits to the baby and family. Though there has been a growing trend towards family-centered care, along with a substantial and growing body of research, the practice of neonatal massage therapy is not routine in most NICUs. This study was conducted to evaluate neonatal intensive care nurses’ perspectives and attitudes towards neonatal massage therapy before and after evidence-based education. Willingness to discuss benefits of neonatal massage therapy significantly increased after education on neonatal massage therapy. The findings suggest that with proper training on the techniques and safety monitoring of massage therapy ...


Kangaroo Mother Care For Premature And Low Birth Weight Infants, Emma Rahn, Bethany Hotchkiss 2013 Cedarville University

Kangaroo Mother Care For Premature And Low Birth Weight Infants, Emma Rahn, Bethany Hotchkiss

The Research and Scholarship Symposium

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An Evidence-Based Approach To Feeding The Late Preterm Infant, Diane McClure 2013 Seton Hall University

An Evidence-Based Approach To Feeding The Late Preterm Infant, Diane Mcclure

Seton Hall University Dissertations and Theses (ETDs)

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Breast Milk Versus Formula: What's The Big Deal?, Chelsea B. Bazemore, James C. Cleveland, Racheal Hollifield, Taylor Hope 2013 North Georgia College & State University

Breast Milk Versus Formula: What's The Big Deal?, Chelsea B. Bazemore, James C. Cleveland, Racheal Hollifield, Taylor Hope

University of North Georgia Annual Research Conference

Breastfeeding versus formula feeding infants has long been a debate and question for parents. Many negative and positive points are brought up for each side of the debate, but an overwhelming majority of evidence has pushed for breastfeeding and its positive benefits for the newborn. However, there is a concern for the incidence of hyperbilirubinemia in infants and whether breastfeeding or formula feeding affects bilirubin levels. The aim of this project is to gather evidence to determine whether or not bilirubin levels in newborns are significantly influenced in the first one to three weeks of life by source of feeding ...


Media As A Source Of Information On Pregnancy And Childbirth, Rosemary Theroux 2013 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Media As A Source Of Information On Pregnancy And Childbirth, Rosemary Theroux

Rosemary T. Theroux

Media can have a powerful eff ect on women’s knowledge, beliefs and expectations about pregnancy and birth. Media can consist of movies,television programs and advertisements, magazines,and more, recently, the Internet. As providers of care to women, it’s important that we have an understanding of the sources of information women and their partners use to guide their expectations for their care and their role in making decisions. We should also be aware of the images, messages and information that media present to women about pregnancy and birth. In this issue’s “A Second Look” column, we examine ...


Barriers To Effective Pain Management In Preterm And Critically Ill Neonates, Sharon W. Lake 2013 Univeristy of Kentucky

Barriers To Effective Pain Management In Preterm And Critically Ill Neonates, Sharon W. Lake

Theses and Dissertations--Nursing

The purpose of this dissertation is to explore potential barriers nurses experience in providing effective pain management for preterm and critically ill infants in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs). The specific aims of the study conducted are to examine (a) NICU caregivers’ knowledge about pain, (b) scales used to evaluate pain in infants, (c) NICU nurses’ documented pain practices, and (d) bias in treating pain of certain types of infants.

This dissertation is comprised of three manuscripts. The first manuscript is an integrated review of the literature describing caregiver knowledge, barriers, and bias in the management of pain in neonates ...


The Factors That Influence Duration Of Exclusive Breastfeeding: A Mixed Methods Design, Roxanne K. Bowman 2013 University of Kentucky

The Factors That Influence Duration Of Exclusive Breastfeeding: A Mixed Methods Design, Roxanne K. Bowman

Theses and Dissertations--Nursing

Breastfeeding is the gold standard of infant feeding and its benefits extend beyond the mother and child. Multiple organizations recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of an infant’s life. Exclusive breastfeeding rates nationally and in the state of Kentucky fall below the Healthy People 2020 goals. A mother’s intention to breastfeed has been shown to impact actual breastfeeding behavior. The current state of the measurement of intention was explored through a literature review. A majority of the measures were single item scales. The reliability and validity of the scales should be further tested in diverse populations ...


Adolescent Athletes With Type 1 Diabetes: Experiences With Continuous Subcutaneous Insulin Infusion, Regina Tow 2013 University of North Florida

Adolescent Athletes With Type 1 Diabetes: Experiences With Continuous Subcutaneous Insulin Infusion, Regina Tow

UNF Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Adolescent athletes with type 1 diabetes (T1DM) face unique challenges when compared to peers with and without diabetes. Continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion (CSII) provides a method of insulin delivery that can enhance flexibility in insulin regimens and lifestyle that may be especially appealing to the adolescent athlete. No studies have explored the impact of athletics in this population. This descriptive qualitative study explored and described the experiences of adolescent athletes using CSII as their primary insulin delivery method, with a focus on athletic participation and performance.

The purposeful sample consisted of four adolescent athletes, ages 13 to 15 years with ...


Final Report: Randomized Comparison Of Two Internet-Supported Methods Of Natural Family Planning, Richard J. Fehring, Mary Schneider 2013 Marquette University

Final Report: Randomized Comparison Of Two Internet-Supported Methods Of Natural Family Planning, Richard J. Fehring, Mary Schneider

Randomized Comparison of Two Internet-Supported Methods of Natural Family Planning

Studies consistently show that women want safe, effective, easy to use, and convenient methods of family planning (Arévalo,1997; Severy 2001). Although Natural Family Planning (NFP) methods are free of side effects, they are often ineffective and complex to learn and use (Grimes et al. 2005). Efforts have occurred over the past 10 years to simplify the teaching and use of NFP methods and increase their efficacy. These efforts include the development of low tech calendar-based methods (Arévalo et al. 2004), simplifying instructions (Frank-Herrmann et al. 2005), and developing accurate biological markers of fertility (Guida et al. 1999).

A new ...


Pregnancy Resolution Counseling With Adolescents, Michelle Taylor Skipper 2013 Gardner-Webb University

Pregnancy Resolution Counseling With Adolescents, Michelle Taylor Skipper

Nursing Theses and Capstone Projects

The results of a positive pregnancy test for an adolescent female mandate a time-sensitive decision to be chosen on the outcome of that pregnancy--whether to continue to pregnancy or terminate. Ambivalence regarding the pregnancy in adolescence is typically high as the rate of unplanned pregnancies has been reported as high as eighty-six percent. In this project, Allanson's Abortion Decision Balance Sheet (ADBS) was modified to an age-appropriate literacy level and completed by nine adolescents in a public health department setting in the project "Pregnancy Resolution Counseling with Adolescents" (PRCA). Providing objective questions related to emotions regarding the pregnancy was ...


The Late Preterm Infant: How Much Transition Time Is Needed To Prevent Hypothermia?, Sandi Lane 2013 Gardner-Webb University

The Late Preterm Infant: How Much Transition Time Is Needed To Prevent Hypothermia?, Sandi Lane

Nursing Theses and Capstone Projects

Late preterm infants are those infants born between 34 weeks and 36 and 6/7 weeks gestation. They are generally the same weight and appearance of full term infants and are treated in level 1 or well baby nurseries the same as full term infants. Late preterm infants are not as physiologically mature as full term infants and have problems that may go overlooked. Late preterm infants experience complications such as hypothermia, hypoglycemia, respiratory difficulties, and feeding problems that lead to hyperbilirubinemia. These complications can lead to longer hospital stays or readmissions and higher healthcare costs. It is the purpose ...


Standardized Care Of The Late Preterm Infant In Upper Midwest Hospitals, MIchelle Susanne Foy 2013 Minnesota State University - Mankato

Standardized Care Of The Late Preterm Infant In Upper Midwest Hospitals, Michelle Susanne Foy

All Theses, Dissertations, and Other Capstone Projects

Standardizing care or critical pathways have delivered evidence-based care in adult medicine and have positive patient outcomes. Some aspects of standardized care have been used in neonatology, but less often in caring for the late preterm infant (gestational week 34-37 weeks). With each level of care nursery, Level-I, level-II or level-III, there can be a wide range of how to care for the late preterm infant. The purpose of this study was to determine if nurseries or various levels of care had established standards of care specific to the late preterm infant and what barriers existed that prohibited standards of ...


Emotional Distress In Mothers Of Preterm Hospitalized Infants: A Feasibility Trial Of Nurse-Delivered Treatment, Lisa Segre, Rebecca Chuffo-Siewert, Rebecca Brock, Michael O'Hara 2012 University of Iowa

Emotional Distress In Mothers Of Preterm Hospitalized Infants: A Feasibility Trial Of Nurse-Delivered Treatment, Lisa Segre, Rebecca Chuffo-Siewert, Rebecca Brock, Michael O'Hara

Lisa S. Segre

OBJECTIVE: Mothers of preterm infants in a hospital neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) are at risk for clinically significant depression and anxiety, but for these women their own treatment is likely a secondary priority. This study evaluated the feasibility, acceptability and effectiveness of an evidence-based, nurse-delivered, on-site depression treatment: listening visits (LVs). STUDY DESIGN: Therapeutic LVs were delivered on site to 23 distressed mothers of NICU infants. The intervention was conducted by a neonatal nurse practitioner and the outcome was examined in an open-trial, pre-post evaluation. RESULT: A part-time nurse practitioner delivered six LVs to each participant within a 1-month ...


Traditional Teachings And Practices For Child Health In Ghana, Eva TAGOE-DARKO, Razak Mohammed GYASI 2012 Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

Traditional Teachings And Practices For Child Health In Ghana, Eva Tagoe-Darko, Razak Mohammed Gyasi

Mr. GYASI Razak Mohammed

Majority of rural denizens have limited access to modern medical as well as other health facilities. In the absence of adequate, readily accessible modern medical facilities, traditional teachings and practices concerning child health have proved to be a useful substitute and/or complement. Using qualitative data from selected communities in Central, Greater Accra and Ashanti Regions of Ghana, the paper examined traditional teachings and practices for child health. The results indicated a high level of utilization of both modern and traditional medical services and practices for child illnesses which feign complementary. Information gathered through in-depth interviews, focus group discussions, narratives ...


Workplace Lactation Support: Project Development And Implementation, Peggy Rinehart 2012 Bellarmine University

Workplace Lactation Support: Project Development And Implementation, Peggy Rinehart

Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Capstones

Objective: A pilot project establishing a lactation support program for staff, faculty, and students at Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) was introduced in September 2012. The lactation support program is intended to promote and support breastfeeding and decrease barriers to continued breastfeeding for mothers who are employed or attending classes. The purpose of this paper is to report on the: (1) development and implementation of a lactation support program in a regional multi-campus community college; and (2) plans for evaluation of the effectiveness of the new program. Setting: The program was implemented at a community college with campus sites ...


Maternal Mortality: The Need To Work With Traditional Birth Attendants To Offset The Problem, Nat Quansah 2012 SIT Study Abroad/World Learning

Maternal Mortality: The Need To Work With Traditional Birth Attendants To Offset The Problem, Nat Quansah

Nat Quansah

The Reninjaza (Traditional Birth Attendant) is recognized as the professional of Traditional Medicine specializing in the provision of maternal and infant health care services just as the Midwife is recognized as the professional of Allopathic Medicine who specializes in the provision of maternal and infant health care services. Having these professionals of the two medical systems work in a complimentary manner, it is argued, will not only result in improving the gathering of information on maternal deaths, the accuracy of reporting and monitoring of maternal deaths but more importantly, will result in the reduction of maternal deaths. This is because ...


Evaluation Of Respiratory Outcomes In Pre-Term Infants Receiving Ncpap Versus Surfactant And Mechanical Ventilation During Transport., Linda M. Jacobs 2012 University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth

Evaluation Of Respiratory Outcomes In Pre-Term Infants Receiving Ncpap Versus Surfactant And Mechanical Ventilation During Transport., Linda M. Jacobs

Theses and Dissertations

The initial respiratory treatment for premature infants is trending toward nCPAP but this therapy sometimes fails requiring surfactant plus mechanical ventilation. This retrospective review of respiratory interventions by referral hospitals and a neonatal transport team evaluated predictors of respiratory support at 72 hours. A unique variable of time between birth and transport arrival was added to the multivariate regression model.

This study confirmed that gestational age and high levels of respiratory support in the first hours of life are strong predictors for higher levels of respiratory support at 72 hours. Time to transport arrival was not a factor. The transport ...


Premature Infant Oral Motor Intervention (Piomi): Translating Interventional Research Into Interdisciplinary Practice, Brenda Lessen 2012 Illinois Wesleyan University

Premature Infant Oral Motor Intervention (Piomi): Translating Interventional Research Into Interdisciplinary Practice, Brenda Lessen

Brenda S. Lessen

Translating interventional research into practice requires a multifaceted approach. Rogers’ (2003) diffusion of innovations (DOL) model provides a framework within which to implement a new intervention into practice. The model asserts that the adoption of an innovation is influenced by the nature of the innovation and the manner in which it is communicated to users in a social system. The Premature Infant Oral Motor Intervention (PIOMI) was developed by a nurse researcher with expertise in neonatal science, in collaboration with an expert in oral motor therapy. The safety and efficacy of the new intervention was tested (Lessen, 2011), followed by ...


Reliability Of The Premature Infant Oral Motor Intervention (Piomi), Brenda Lessen, Clare Morello 2012 Illinois Wesleyan University

Reliability Of The Premature Infant Oral Motor Intervention (Piomi), Brenda Lessen, Clare Morello

Brenda S. Lessen

Problem/Literature Review: Recent multidisciplinary research continues to examine various types of oral motor therapy in preterm infants but none have formally tested the reliability of specific oral motor interventions. The premature infant oral motor intervention (PIOMI) is a five minute, pre-feeding intervention developed to improve feeding skills. As further research is planned, the reliability of the intervention needed to be tested. The purpose of this study was to determine the interobserver, interuser, and test-retest reliability of the PIOMI, as well as determining if the specific training program developed was sufficient enough to reach high reliabilities.

Methodology: The study was ...


Mongolian Women's Voices: A Case Study On Maternal Healthcare, Pregnancy, And Birth In Ulaanbaatar's Public Hospitals, Amelia Olmsted 2012 SIT Study Abroad

Mongolian Women's Voices: A Case Study On Maternal Healthcare, Pregnancy, And Birth In Ulaanbaatar's Public Hospitals, Amelia Olmsted

Independent Study Project (ISP) Collection

Mongolia is a country undergoing an incredible amount of change. Last year, in 2011, they had the fastest growing economy in the world, with a 17.2% increase in their GDP, according to the World Bank. A mere 22 years ago, Mongolia was a communist country, and today they are a parliamentary democracy. The country has opened itself up to the rest of the world and a free market economy, and experienced a very drastic shift in this direction in the early 1990's. Many Mongolians will tell you that the mindset of Mongolia's citizens has made a drastic ...


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