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

“Blowing Up” the CPAP Belly Myth

Jae Kim, MD, PhD / January 2018

I started training in pediatrics in the early 90’s. Back then, an infant born less than 1500 grams had a very high chance of experiencing an endotracheal tube (ETT) in the delivery room. My colleagues and I had lots of intubation practice those days, even as pediatric residents. We would have NICU infants to intubate… Read More

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

Advancing Feeding Pump Technology From Past to Present

Sandra Sundquist Beauman, MSN, RNC-NIC / December 2017

Technology has changed so much in the last 50 years. When I was in school for my bachelor’s degree in 1986, all papers were typed on a typewriter. If you wanted reference material, you went to the library with lots of change, or a card filled with money, to copy pages of the journal. By… Read More

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

Oral Aversion and Feeding Behaviors

Jenny Murray, BSN, RN / December 2017

Safe and efficient nipple feeding is a complex task, and also one of the most challenging for the preterm or high-risk infant to achieve.¹  Preterm infants have twice the risk of feeding difficulties as full term infants.² Infants in the NICU can develop oral aversion, which is the reluctance, avoidance, or fear of eating or… Read More

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

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

Finding Z: Expanding on the Growth of Neonates

Jae Kim, MD, PhD / November 2017

As a Canadian American, I found it surprising when I first came to the U.S. that what I was saying in my speech was so distinctively Canadian. People asked if I was Canadian even after a few minutes of conversation. With all the American television I grew up watching, I thought I talked “American,” but… Read More

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