Maternal-Newborn Nursing: Thirteen Challenges That Influence Excellence in Practice

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The purpose of this paper is to review the research and discuss 13 challenges that currently influence excellence in maternal-newborn nursing practice. Nurses working in the maternal-newborn arena are encouraged to evaluate their own practices in relation to the identified areas. The 13 identified challenges are the following: integration and expansion of midwifery and family-centered models of care, reduction in the use of unnecessary or questionable-benefit technology, patient and family teaching, the questionable need for a normal newborn nursery, integration of research into practice, further development of genetic technology and counseling, computer technology as an adjunct to prenatal care and birth, the need for comprehensive breastfeeding education and support, prenatal care on a continuum beginning as women's health promotion, health promotion beyond the postpartum period, culturally competent care, health insurance coverage for all women and children, and an undereducated work environment.

Keywords: excellence; maternity; newborn; practice

Document Type: Standard Article


Affiliations: KRISTEN MONTGOMERY serves on the faculty in the School of Nursing at The University of Texas at Austin.

Publication date: January 1, 2001

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