Medela Neonatal Perspectives

Nursing Satisfaction, Part 2: Impact on Patient Experience

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

After writing recently on nursing satisfaction strategies for improvement, I wanted to investigate a related phenomenon: Is there a direct correlation between nurse and physician satisfaction with patient satisfaction? Let’s take a closer look. Over the years, nursing satisfaction has been a priority of hospitals with the goal of improving nursing environment, developing a healthier… Read More about “Nursing Satisfaction, Part 2: Impact on Patient Experience”

Complications of Neonatal Gavage Tubes

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

Gavage or gastric tubes are commonplace in the NICU. They are necessary to provide enteral nutrition until infants are able to take nutrition from their mothers or a bottle. The importance of early enteral nutrition has been well-documented and recognized over the last 25 years. Once it was thought that by avoiding early enteral nutrition,… Read More about “Complications of Neonatal Gavage Tubes”

Proactive Nipple Pain Care: Prevent Premature Breastfeeding Cessation

Diana Chisholm Estep, RN, BSN, IBCLC, RLC / February 2018

Every day in my clinical practice, I see new mothers struggling at home to breastfeed their babies. Sadly, they disclose that many of their friends had attempted to breastfeed but had given up. They tell me they’d never expected to have problems, and that they REALLY want to breastfeed! My heart goes out to them.… Read More about “Proactive Nipple Pain Care: Prevent Premature Breastfeeding Cessation”

Neonatal Gastrointestinal Tube Use and Management

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

Initial feedings in the NICU are often via an oral or nasal gastric tube. This method of feeding can go on for weeks for most infants. The scientific evidence supporting practices around this common procedure is minimal. Most practices are supported by evidence from the adult and pediatric populations. Neonatal gastrointestinal tubes Gastrointestinal tubes are… Read More about “Neonatal Gastrointestinal Tube Use and Management”

4 Signs a Premature Infant is Ready to Breastfeed

Jenny Murray, BSN, RN / February 2018

When it comes to NICU patient discharge, there is one final process that must happen. Fast forward through the obvious critical stages of an infant’s stay in the NICU. Breathing has stabilized, the arterial line has been discontinued. Now there remains one major obstacle prior to discharge: feeding. Premature infant breastfeeding readiness Premature infants develop… Read More about “4 Signs a Premature Infant is Ready to Breastfeed”

In-Hospital Lactation Assistance: The Opportunity to Get It Right

Irene Murphy Zoppi, RN, MSN, IBCLC / February 2018

By now, every health care provider and parent in America has heard the news that breastfeeding is best for babies. Human milk is the best and safest nutrition for all babies, and new families want to do what is best for their infants. Yet many families encounter challenging situations that complicate their breastfeeding journeys. Many… Read More about “In-Hospital Lactation Assistance: The Opportunity to Get It Right”

ENFit Solutions for Pharmacy and NICU/Pediatric Clinicians

Kathy Quellen, RN, BSN / January 2018

ENFit is moving forward across the United States. The NICU/pediatric and pharmacy areas will be impacted by the new design, including medication administration. Undoubtedly, this makes clinicians concerned. But solutions are available. These solutions will make everyone satisfied in all areas – including the NICU and their smallest of patients. ENFit background The ENFit connector… Read More about “ENFit Solutions for Pharmacy and NICU/Pediatric Clinicians”