Purpose: To identify levels of burnout and resilience in pediatric nurses in a tertiary children's hospital in New Zealand. Methods: Registered nurses providing pediatric care participated in a survey that included the Connor-Davison resilience scale and Maslach burnout scale. Nurses identified specific factors related to workload stress and strategies for enhancing resilience. Results: Participants were 197 nurses. We found low levels of resilience and high levels of burnout, although personal accomplishment scores were high. Nurses with 40 hours per week had significantly higher levels of emotional exhaustion compared with those who had >10 or more years of experience or worked
When caring for women experiencing preterm labor and birth, nurses play a significant role as bedside experts, advocates, patient educators, and key members of the maternity care team. Enhanced expertise on clinical and professional knowledge of preterm labor and birth is crucial in prevention and treatment. As preterm birth rates continue to rise, perinatal nurses as well-informed clinical experts have the opportunity to offer innovative education, holistic assessments, and communication through shared decision-making models. Educating pregnant women about early recognition of preterm labor warning signs and symptoms allows for timely diagnosis, interventions, and treatment. Informed and collaborative nursing practice improves quality of clinical care based on individualized interactions. A clinical review of preterm labor and preterm birth is presented for perinatal nurses.
Teen mothers are stigmatized for violating age norms for parenting and for being members of devalued racial or socioeconomic groups. Stereotypes of young mothers perpetuate stigma by teen pregnancy prevention campaigns, television shows, sex education programs, professionals, and the general public. How teen mothers became a stigmatized group; updates on research about their experience of stigma; and resources for reducing stigma are presented. Because stigma is pervasive and has damaging effects, nurses are urged to reduce stigma and discrimination by assuring that health settings are safe and welcoming, and that pregnant and parenting teens are treated with respect and dignity. Doing so is consistent with our professional commitment to promote social justice and mitigate the social inequities that contribute to health disparities for all parents, irrespective of age, gender, ethnicity, immigration status, or income.
Understanding the physiology of fetal oxygenation and various influences on fetal heart rate control supports nurses, midwives, and physicians in interpreting and managing electronic fetal heart rate tracings during labor and birth. Maternal oxygenation, placental circulation and exchange, umbilical blood flow and fetal circulation affect fetal oxygenation, which is reflected in observed fetal heart rate patterns. Fetal heart control is further influenced by the central and autonomic nervous systems, baroreceptors, chemoreceptors, humoral factors, sleep–wake patterns, breathing movements, medications, painful stimuli, sound and vibrations, and temperature. Knowledge of the physiologic basis for fetal heart rate pattern characteristics guides interventions to improve fetal oxygenation when indicated. A review and update on clinical implications of fetal heart rate pattern interpretation based on underlying physiology is presented.