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

Are Patient Expectations Lowering Satisfaction Scores?

Evi Dewhurst / November 2017

“The first step in exceeding your customer’s expectations is to know those expectations.” – Roy H. Williams Healthcare facilities are prioritizing patient satisfaction more than ever before. Your own hospital has probably been examining satisfaction surveys for ways to improve. But there is one critical element closely linked to patient satisfaction that’s easy to miss…. Read More

Patient Satisfaction: Why it Matters to Hospitals

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

Why does it matter to hospitals if patients are satisfied with their care? How does the patient’s experience impact healthcare organizations and their overall business? These are just a few of the questions that have been asked by members in healthcare. If you have worked in the healthcare industry for more than ten years, you’ve… Read More

Is Your Hospital Prepared for Natural Disasters?

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

Natural disasters seem to be more and more common these days. When I lived in California, we were often reminded to be prepared for an earthquake-related disaster. Sure enough, it happened while I was at the hospital. I was working the night shift when one of the stronger earthquakes hit. We had practiced and reviewed… Read More

The Death of the Gastric Residual: R.I.P.

Jae Kim, MD, PhD / October 2017

We all know the truth deep inside: The gastric residual (GR) is a meaningless sign. My sense, in speaking to audiences around the country, is that more and more NICUs are deciding that they too have had it with the GR. Many are stopping the practice of looking. Why has checking the GR lasted so… Read More

Breastfeeding Barriers: 4 Infant At-Risk Conditions

Evi Dewhurst / October 2017

Are you an L&D nurse, a maternity nurse, or neonatal nurse? I’ve got something for you. It’s something that will help you deliver more human milk nutrition to infants in your care. I recently wrote about 10 at-risk conditions for mothers which negatively impact breastfeeding success and duration. Interest in such information is high, because… Read More