Elvish's Nursing Blog

Elvish's Nursing Blog

Elvish, BSN, RN Guide 39,424 Views

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All the Things We Carry

by Elvish - Every so often, a thread pops up around here: "What's in your pockets?" In other words, what do you carry that you know you'll need before your shift is up? Most of us carry alcohol swabs (never...

Helping staff cope with perinatal loss

by Elvish - One of the great things about my job is welcoming new life and watching miracles happen almost every day. Nearly every day I fall in love with at least one of the babies and/or new families in my...

What Keeps Me Coming Back

by Elvish - I'm a mother/baby nurse and proud to be one. Compared to lots of units, we mother/baby folks might be considered lucky to have such 'cake' jobs, and some days I'd agree. Other days I leave work...

Family-centered Maternity Care and Rooming-in

by Elvish - A thread in the Ob/Gyn nursing forum got me thinking about this. Family centered maternity care (FCMC) is a buzzword that's no doubt quite familiar to many in maternal/child nursing circles. In my...

When the mother is in prison

by Elvish - The hospital in which I work has a contract with our state wherein all pregnant prisoners deliver at our hospital, regardless of home county. This population has a special set of needs to consider. ...

Hypoglycemia in the newborn

by Elvish - While in utero, glucose from the maternal bloodstream crosses the placental barrier and into fetal circulation to be used for growth. The fetal pancreas functions much as would an adult pancreas;...

Late Preterm Infants (Part 3)

by Elvish - Apologies for the long hiatus! I have not forgotten that we were last on the subject of late pretermers and hyperbilirubinemia; this time it's late pretermers and breathing. Obviously, one can't...

Late Preterm Infants (Part 1)

by Elvish - While still considered premature, these infants are often under the care of a well-baby nursery after birth. However, it is a mistake to treat these babies as we would a full-term baby. Below are...

It's your turn now, nurse!

by Elvish - I am an OB nurse; I do mother/baby, newborn nursery, and high-risk antepartum nursing. I'm used to being the one in control. I'm used to doing the teaching, reading the monitor strips, and reassuring...

Grieving a perinatal loss

by Elvish - When I tell people I'm a mother-baby nurse, the usual reaction is, "Oh, what a great job that must be!" Sometimes, that's a true statement. But what most people don't realize (or if they do, they...

Postpartum Mood Disorders

by Elvish - The postpartum period - just after giving birth - is, for most a time of happiness and adjustment to new family roles. However, for some women it is a time of overwhelming sadness, anxiety, and...

Some quick tips for a good latch

by Elvish - For moms who are breastfeeding, a good latch is supremely important. If not, nipple pain will soon ensue - even if the improper latch is held for just a few minutes, those few minutes can have a...

Care of mothers with babies in intensive care

by Elvish - I work at a facility with a level IV neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and it's my estimate that roughly (this is purely a guess) one-third of the mothers in my care have delivered babies that are...

Long-term antepartum care in the hospital

by Elvish - Care of the antepartum patient that's on your unit for an extended length of time can be a huge challenge, both for staff and for the patient. These are women who, for whatever reason have a...

Late Preterm Infants (Part 2) - Hyperbilirubinemia

by Elvish - This next entry deals with hyperbilirubinemia and jaundice in the late preterm infant. Just to recap, late preterm as defined by AWHONN is an infant born between 34 and 36 completed weeks' gestation....


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