Professional Nursing Today - Volume 14, Issue 6, 2010
Volume 14, Issue 6, 2010
Author Douw GreeffSource: Professional Nursing Today 14 (2010)More Less
This is a special neonatology edition, and we put it together for a very exciting reason. As the publisher of PNT, I am very pleased to announce that we have recently added the members of the Neonatal Nursing Association of Southern Africa (NNASA) to our list of distinguished professional nursing societies.
Source: Professional Nursing Today 14, pp 5 –17 (2010)More Less
Drug use in the neonatal population can be a minefield of uncertainty. Infants admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) may be administered at least one unregistered or off-label drug as part of their treatment. Pharmacokinetic parameters in the neonate differ from the adult parameters, and drug therapy should be steered and monitored according to these guidelines. An overview of these parameters is discussed, and drugs that are frequently used in neonatology are listed and discussed. Many other drugs are used in the NICU for more specialised conditions. A multidisciplinary approach in the NICU should be followed, with all the key players involved.
Author C. WhittakerSource: Professional Nursing Today 14, pp 18 –22 (2010)More Less
A sick infant is very worrying for parents, and they will often seek medical advice from a nursing professional regarding their baby's health. This article reviews common conditions encountered in infants from 0-6 months, such as colic, diarrhoea, regurgitation and vomiting, colds, and fever. It is important for nurses to establish when over-the-counter (OTC) medication is appropriate, and when the parents should be referred to a doctor. Sick babies can deteriorate very quickly and it is essential to know what signs and symptoms may signal serious problems, so that treatment is not delayed.
Author R. CoetzerSource: Professional Nursing Today 14, pp 23 –26 (2010)More Less
The period of intrauterine growth and development is one of the most vulnerable stages of life, and maternal nutrition is important during this time. The best way to assure adequate nutrition is to consume a variety of foods in appropriate amounts. However, this may not always be feasible and some women may be at increased risk for dietary deficiencies during pregnancy. Well-nourished women may not need multivitamins to satisfy daily requirements but, in the absence of careful evaluation by a nutritionist, many health care professionals recommend them.
Neonatal nurses, you are no longer alone! The Neonatal Nursing Association of Southern Africa is here to support you. : professional newsSource: Professional Nursing Today 14 (2010)More Less
If you ask anyone in the nursing profession what our greatest need is, the answer will invariably be: support. Very often, the best support is from people who know what you are struggling with, who can empathise with your frustrations, who share your sorrows and delight in your successes. The Neonatal Nursing Association of Southern Africa (NNASA), therefore, decided to join hands in order to ensure that neonatal nurses are recognised as a discipline in their own right, and to provide the support that is so desperately needed.
Source: Professional Nursing Today 14, pp 31 –32 (2010)More Less