Medela Neonatal Perspectives

Nursing Satisfaction, Part 1: Strategies for Improvement

Patrice Hatcher, MBA, BSN, RNC-NIC / January 2018

My post this month is inspired by comments and feedback generated from previous blogs about patient satisfaction. It was not only the sheer number of comments that struck me, but also the passion in them that speaks directly to me as a clinical professional. I personally (100%) agree: nursing satisfaction is essential for patient satisfaction.… Read More about “Nursing Satisfaction, Part 1: Strategies for Improvement”

Gastrointestinal Structure and Function

Sandra Sundquist Beauman, MSN, RNC-NIC / January 2018

Nutrition is one of the most basic needs of an infant. Many infants admitted to the NICU come for respiratory illness and other conditions, but all must be able to tolerate enteral nutrition before discharge. Most are required to take feedings via breast or bottle prior to discharge. The development of the gastrointestinal tract is… Read More about “Gastrointestinal Structure and Function”

What ENFit Means for NICU and Pharmacy

Kathy Quellen, RN, BSN / December 2017

Hospitals across the country are moving forward with implementing the industry recommended ENFit enteral feeding connector design. Has your hospital been looking at this solution? Here is a quick reminder of the changes the ENFit connector provides: Male/Female connections are switched It is a locking system Color is not mandated   ENFit in the NICU… Read More about “What ENFit Means for NICU and Pharmacy”

How to Select the Appropriate Breast Pump for Your Patient’s Needs

Irene Murphy Zoppi, RN, MSN, IBCLC / December 2017

Breastfeeding initiation rates are at an all-time high in the United States. Due to the diligent messaging from national professional and governmental campaigns, families have heard the message that human milk is the best nutrition for babies. Mothers want to breastfeed their infants: over 81% of mothers begin the process of breastfeeding.¹ Yet more than… Read More about “How to Select the Appropriate Breast Pump for Your Patient’s Needs”

Patient Satisfaction: Why it Matters to Your Patients

Patrice Hatcher, MBA, BSN, RNC-NIC / December 2017

I wrote recently on the impact of patient satisfaction on hospitals. But there is another consideration: why patient satisfaction matters to the very people you care for. Patients arrive at your healthcare facility doors with expectations for their care, and expectations of the healthcare providers within. They are well-researched and have goals in mind. They… Read More about “Patient Satisfaction: Why it Matters to Your Patients”

How Human Milk Can Reduce the Devastating Impact of NEC

Jenny Murray, BSN, RN / November 2017

Premature babies and compromised neonates are at risk for many issues, including a devastating disease known as necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). Over the years there have been vast improvements in care provided to the smallest patients. And yet we continue to ask: What more can be done to reduce the increasing morbidities associated with babies born… Read More about “How Human Milk Can Reduce the Devastating Impact of NEC”