January-February 2016

Volume 45Issue 1p1-140, e1-e2


  • How to Submit a Publishable Manuscript

    • Nancy K. Lowe
    Published in issue: January 2016
    As a peer-reviewed, scientific journal, JOGNN's mission is to publish scholarly articles that meaningfully inform, challenge, or otherwise support nursing practice or health care policy. The members of the Editorial Advisory Board, peer reviewers, and editors are committed to publishing quality articles that inform JOGNN's readers in significant ways. Successful manuscripts are original and based on appropriate and rigorous methods. They provide new insights into important issues, stimulate new questions, and tell a good story (Schimel, 2012).


Principles & Practice

  • Consumption of the Placenta in the Postpartum Period

    • Emily Hart Hayes
    Published in issue: January 2016
    Postpartum women are consuming their placentas to achieve claimed health benefits, including improved mood, energy, and lactation. Strong scientific evidence to substantiate these claims is lacking. Self-reported benefits from some women include improved mood and lactation; animal models suggest there may be an analgesic effect. Possible risks include infection, thromboembolism from estrogens in placental tissue, and accumulation of environmental toxins. Women’s health care providers should be aware of this practice to help women make informed decisions.

Special Report

In Focus Editorial

  • Advancing the Care of Individuals and Couples at Risk for and Diagnosed With Infertility

    • Patricia E. Hershberger,
    • Eleanor L. Stevenson
    Published in issue: January 2016
    In all regions of the world, the ability to conceive children and reproduce is of immense importance to individuals, families, societies, and global economies. In fact, a recent conceptual definition of quality of life included reproduction as the second most important human need, surpassed only by subsistence (Costanza et al., 2007). Despite the importance of reproductive health and procreation, authors who assessed data from 190 countries and territories estimated that the number of couples affected by infertility, typically defined as the inability to conceive a clinical pregnancy after 12 months of unprotected intercourse, was approximately 48.5 million (Mascarenhas, Flaxman, Boerma, Vanderpoel, & Stevens, 2012).

In Focus CNE

  • Evidence-Based Care for Couples With Infertility

    • Eleanor L. Stevenson,
    • Patricia E. Hershberger,
    • Paul A. Bergh
    Published in issue: January 2016
    When couples cannot achieve pregnancy, they often seek health care from medical and nursing specialists. The care the couple receives begins with a thorough assessment to determine the possible cause of infertility and to plan appropriate care to ensure the best chance for the couple to have a biological child. In this article, we provide an overview of the etiology and evaluation of infertility, the various treatment options available, and the appropriate clinical implications.

In Focus

  • Evidence-Based Management of Infertility in Women With Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

    • Catherine M. Bergh,
    • Monica Moore,
    • Carolyn Gundell
    Published in issue: January 2016
    Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a polygenic disorder with a variable phenotype that commonly affects women of reproductive age. It can significantly affect a woman's ability to conceive and her quality of life. Effective treatment includes a multidisciplinary team approach that addresses the physiological and psychosocial manifestations of the disorder. Nurses have an important role in promoting early detection, education, and identification of services and resources to improve a woman's fertility and lifelong health.
  • Reasons Why Young Women Accept or Decline Fertility Preservation After Cancer Diagnosis

    • Patricia E. Hershberger,
    • Heather Sipsma,
    • Lorna Finnegan,
    • Jennifer Hirshfeld-Cytron
    Published in issue: January 2016
    To understand young women’s reasons for accepting or declining fertility preservation after cancer diagnosis to aid in the development of theory regarding decision making in this context.

AWHONN Position Statements

  • Newborn Screening

    • Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses
    Published in issue: January 2016
    The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) supports national minimum standards for newborn screening (NBS) programs. Federal oversight is necessary to guarantee that all pregnant women have access to appropriate counseling and that their newborns have access to timely identification of and interventions for congenital and other disorders identified through routine screening.
  • The Role of Unlicensed Assistive Personnel (Nursing Assistive Personnel) in the Care of Women and Newborns

    • Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses
    Published in issue: January 2016
    The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) recognizes that unlicensed assistive personnel (UAP) also known as nursing assistive personnel (NAP) can function as supportive members of the health care team under the direction of the professional registered nurse (AWHONN, 2010). The professional registered nurse is ultimately responsible for the coordination and delivery of nursing care to women and newborns.

In Focus CNE Post Test