Kent, Women & Infants nurses recognized for work in field of women’s health


Kent and Women & Infants Hospitals are proud to congratulate a group of nurses whose work in the field of women’s health will be recognized at the 2013 Annual Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) Convention this coming spring.

Jean Salera-Vieira, MS, RNC-OB, C-EFM, perinatal advanced nurse clinician, Kent Hospital; Donnalee Segal, RN, BSN, BA, nurse manager, Mother/Baby Unit, Women & Infants Hospital; Robin Shields, RNC-OB, simulation specialist, Women & Infants Hospital; and Marybeth Taub, RN, BSN, nurse manager, NICU, Women & Infants Hospital, will represent the two hospitals with three poster presentations based on different programs implemented and conducted at each facility. The goal of the 2013 AWHONN Annual Convention is to empower learners to champion excellence in the care of women and newborns and these poster presentations are a reflection of this goal.

The first poster presentation, “Improving Safety Through Collaboration: The Interdisciplinary Perinatal Practice Committee,” by Salera-Vieira, highlights risk reduction strategies in perinatal practice. The focus of the presentation is on the implementation of the Interdisciplinary Perinatal Practice Committee (IPPC). This committee provides an opportunity to collaborate with nursing, medical providers, risk management and administration to look at processes and practice throughout the continuum of maternal/newborn care. The IPPC exists at Kent and has proven to be extremely successful.

Segal will represent the poster presentation titled, “Where Families Begin.” Where Families Begin is a program implemented at Women & Infants Hospital, which highlights the health benefits of breastfeeding, skin to skin contact for both mothers and babies, more restful and longer sleep patterns for newborns, more efficient methods of warming infants, as well as improved glucose utilization and improved breastfeeding rates.

Shields and Taub worked together on the project, “Neonatal Resuscitation Plan: What’s New and How to Implement Guideline Changes.” This presentation reflects the changes and training Women & Infants Hospital executed after the American Academy of Pediatrics significantly changed the Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) guidelines to incorporate emerging evidence of best practices in 2010. A subcommittee of seven NRP instructors acted as the frontline educators of this instructional venture and 610 neonatal resuscitation providers were trained within 16 days.

In addition, Women & Infants Hospital was recently published by AWHONN for its part in the AWHONN Late Preterm Infant Research-Based Project. Women & Infants was one of 14 hospitals in the United States and Canada that participated in the project, which focuses on the neonatal health risks experienced by late preterm infants and how these risks were affected by gestational age at birth. Salera-Vieira was the site coordinator for this project.

The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) is the foremost nursing authority that advances the health care of women and newborns through advocacy, research and the creation of high quality, evidence-based standards of care. The AWHONN convention will take place in June of 2013 in Nashville, Tenn.


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