1. Section Editor(s): Angelini, Diane EdD, CNM, NEA-BC, FACNM, FAAN
  2. Perinatal Editor
  3. Gregory, Katherine PhD, RN
  4. Neonatal Editor

Article Content

The Selected Topics Issue (31:4) presents a diversity of topics for the reader. Within the Perinatal section, there is a Special Editorial, "Update: Simulation-Based Training," by Arafeh. This editorial emphasizes where we are in the current climate of using simulation as an educational and quality management tool. Components and characteristics of successful simulation programs in perinatal care are noted.


"A Systematic Review of Hydrotherapy Research: Does a Warm Bath in Labor Promote Normal Physiologic Childbirth" is presented by Shaw-Battista. Health research is reviewed to assess randomized controlled trials of standard care versus immersion hydrotherapy in labor before childbirth. Recommendations for maternity care providers are noted. Clinicians are recommended to include hydrotherapy among routine labor pain management options and consider immersion to promote progress of normal or protracted labor.


Cypher and Kosycarz report on being reported to a board of nursing. Her title, "Perinatal Nurses Reported to Boards of Nursing: Understanding the Facts," discusses information about the process for a board of nursing complaint. The stress generated when a complaint to a board of nursing is presented can trigger clinical symptoms for clinicians as well.


In addition, we encourage our readers to peruse both perinatal columns. The Legal Issues and Risk Management column highlights "The Latest Headache for Clinicians: Head Compression and Brain Injury." The Expert Perinatal column discusses "Optimizing the Birth Environment With Evidence-Based Design."


In this issue, the neonatal section features a potpourri of articles on selected topics that are relevant to nurses caring for newborns and their families. The article from Zhou and colleagues reports on the effectiveness of intracavitary electrocardiogram guidance in peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) tip placement in hospitalized infants. This is an interesting technology that may be promising in improving the success rate of tip location when performing PICC placement in hospitalized infants. Our next 2 articles, both from Dr Campbell-Yeo's team, report on parent-related issues and involve the use of e-health and YouTube videos. Finally, we have a case report and review article on neonatal rhizomelic chondrodysplasia punctata type 1, which is a rare genetic disorder that is life limiting and requires optimal collaboration among the neonatal clinical team. Our columnists, Sara Rostas and Joan Smith, have each provided a thought-provoking column for our consideration and reflection. Sara wrote about acid suppressant medications and strategies for appropriate use, and Joan wrote about cognitive bias as a potential threat to clinical decision-making in the neonatal intensive care unit. I think that you will find both columns interesting and instructive to your clinical practice.


As always, thank you for reading The Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing (JPNN). Please reach out to us with any thoughts or suggestions for the journal. We love hearing from you and welcome your feedback on future topics and issues you want to read about in JPNN.


-Diane Angelini, EdD, CNM, NEA-BC, FACNM, FAAN


Perinatal Editor


-Katherine Gregory, PhD, RN


Neonatal Editor