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    Renew BLS, ACLS, and PALS in One Day

    To complete ACLS, PALS, and BLS in one day, the AHA offers Heartcode courses online. After completing the Heartcode online course, you can complete your skills for all three classes in one day. Before you sign up for a Heartcode clas, read the Pros and Cons of Heartcode classes. Pros: The online exam offers convenience to take it from home, or during breaks at work. The skill sessions are abotu 2 hours long for each class. Cons: The online exam costs $135, and the skills are an additional $100 per class. The cost per class is approximately $235. That’s a lot more expensive than paying $155-$165 for a classroom based…

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    7th Edition NRP Guidelines

    The NEW 7th Edition NRP Guidelines were published in May 2016. Jane and Helen have the AAP’s 7th edition NRP ready to launch. There are significant changes. You can schedule an Assisted NRP 7th Edition to learn these new changes, and pass the new exam. As before, you then will need to go to the AAP’s webpage and take the online test. The test includes multiple-choice answers plus E-Sim scenarios. The E-Sim scenarios are a bit tricky to navigate. Many of you may find that you need assistance with the E Sim portion. Helen and I are available to assist you. You may accomplish your NRP certification/recertification in 3 ways. 1.…

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    The Clinical Practice Council (CPC)

    The Clinical Practice Council (CPC) develops, reviews, and disseminates clinical nursing policies, guidelines, and practice alerts. Staff nurse representatives from each unit in the maternal child cluster represent the needs of their specific unit. These nurses contribute toward shaping nursing practices at their unit level. The CPC ensures that nursing practice documents are based on the latest research and other levels of evidence. Moreover, the CPC representatives collaborate with unit leadership to educate the staff nurses about nursing practice changes. This unique council:   Provides a forum for clinical practice issues and solutions. Is represented by Clinical Nurse Specialists, Educators, and Unit Directors. Promotes active, exciting, and innovative sharing of ideas. Meets Magnet…

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    Postpartum Depression

    Postpartum Depression usually occurs within the first 3 months after delivery. The exact causes of postpartum depression are unknown.  Changes in hormone levels during and after pregnancy may affect a woman’s mood.  Many non-hormonal factors may also affect mood during pregnancy. Changes in work and social relationships: Having less time and freedom Lack of sleep Worries about your ability to be a good mother The chances of postpartum depression increase if the woman: Is under age 20 Currently abuses alcohol, illegal substances or smokes Did not plan the pregnancy or had mixed feeling about the pregnancy Had a stressful event during the pregnancy or delivery Has a close family member…

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    Water Birth

    Water Birth Delivering in the water has recently become popular.  More hospitals now offer water births. However, water birth is still considered an alternative birthing method, and not every doctor is convinced that it’s safe and not every hospital provides water birth options. Just like it sounds, a water birth is giving birth in water.  You may choose to deliver in a bathtub, hot tub or other pool of water. You can a have a water delivery at home, in a birthing center or in some hospitals. You can labor and deliver in the water or move out of the water for the actual delivery.  If you deliver in the…

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    New Grad Primer for Maternal Child Care – What is Co-Sleeping

    What is Co-Sleeping Sharing the bed with an infant through the night may be a “good thing.” The infant learns to self-regulate, preventing the infant from entering a sleep state that is too deep. In addition the parents’ own breathing may help the infant to “remember” to breathe. Because of the proximity of mother, babies do not have to fully wake and cry to get a response. Mothers have a positive nighttime experience because they tend to sleep better. Co-sleeping encourages breastfeeding. Mothers who co-sleep breastfeed an average of twice as long as non-co-sleeping mothers. Co-sleeping mothers exhibit five times the number of “protective” behaviors (cuddling, stroking, blanket adjustment) than…

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    New Grad Nurses and ReEntry Program for Maternal Child Care

    New Grad and Reentry Program – “When the going gets tough the tough get going.” There is an enormous interest for the New Grad to become part of the Maternal Child Cluster upon graduation. Excitement builds towards the end of nursing school and you earned the coveted title of RN. You have chosen your dream job. With eagerness and enthusiasm you begin looking for that hospital that can hire your talents, knowledge, and passion. But without past experience nobody wants you!!  You ask “How can I get experience if no one will hire me?”  This becomes a colossal hurdle to overcome. You have spent considerable money and extensive effort with…

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    How New Grads can get their foot through the door in Labor and Delivery

    Labor and Delivery with a Doula I am amazed by the number of New Grads that have chosen Labor and Delivery as their chosen field of expertise.  I am also surprised at their interest in Doula Techniques. The word “doula” means “a woman who serves” and is now used to refer to the trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth, or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period. Studies have shown that when doulas attend a birth, labor is shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier, and they breastfeed more easily. A Birth…