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Wilson BL, Butler RJ
Identifying optimal labor and delivery nurse staffing: the case of cesarean births and nursing hours.
Numerous studies have identified a relationship between nurse staffing and adverse patient outcomes in medical / surgical patient populations. However, little is known about the impact of labor and delivery (L&D) nurse staffing and adverse birth outcomes, such as unintended cesarean delivery, in low-risk term-gestation women. In this study the investigators examined nurse staffing patterns on the likelihood of cesarean sections (C-sections) among low- risk, full gestation births and provided a testing framework to distinguish optimal from ineffective levels of nurse staffing.
Citation: Wilson BL, Butler RJ . Identifying optimal labor and delivery nurse staffing: the case of cesarean births and nursing hours. Nurs Outlook 2021 Jan-Feb;69(1):84-95. doi: 10.1016/j.outlook.2020.07.003..
Keywords: Provider: Nurse, Provider, Workforce, Labor and Delivery, Pregnancy, Quality of Care, Risk, Women
Tan M, Lipman S, Lee H
Evaluation of electronic medical records on nurses' time allocation during cesarean delivery.
The impact of the electronic medical record (EMR) on nursing workload is not well understood. The objective of this descriptive study was to measure the actual and perceived time that nurses spend on the EMR in the operating room during cesarean births. The investigators found that on average, nurses spent 40% of their intraoperative time on the EMR during cesarean births, and this time burden was distributed across the perioperative period.
Citation: Tan M, Lipman S, Lee H . Evaluation of electronic medical records on nurses' time allocation during cesarean delivery. J Patient Saf 2019 Dec;15(4):e82-e85. doi: 10.1097/pts.0000000000000467..
Keywords: Electronic Health Records (EHRs), Labor and Delivery, Provider: Nurse, Health Information Technology (HIT), Provider, Pregnancy
Simpson KR, Lyndon A, Spetz J
Adherence to the AWHONN staffing guidelines as perceived by labor nurses.
Labor and delivery nurses were surveyed to determine if their units adhere to Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) staffing guidelines. Labor nurses in selected hospitals in California, Michigan and New Jersey were invited via email to participate in the study. Their nurse leaders facilitated the invitations. A total of 615 labor nurses from 67 hospitals participated. Most nurses did report that staffing guidelines were adhered to. The hospitals with smaller annual birth volumes (500-999 range) were significantly more like to be perceived as compliant than hospitals with 2,500 or more annual births.
Citation: Simpson KR, Lyndon A, Spetz J . Adherence to the AWHONN staffing guidelines as perceived by labor nurses. Nurs Womens Health 2019 Jun;23(3):217-23. doi: 10.1016/j.nwh.2019.03.003..
Keywords: Care Management, Guidelines, Labor and Delivery, Maternal Care, Patient Safety, Pregnancy, Provider, Provider: Nurse, Women