Nurse Currents: Nutrition Education for Parents Prior to Discharge of the Late-Preterm and Term Newborn

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Program Date: December 2011
Continuing Education Units: Nurse 1.0 Contact Hour
 
This article addresses the specific nutritional and feeding challenges of the newborn. Babies are ready for discharge when their parents are ready to care for them. Professional mother-newborn nurses are in a key position to educate parents in the nutritional needs of their baby.

Program Objectives:
* Identify adequate intake for a full-term baby in kilocalories/kilogram/day.

* Describe three signs that a breastfed baby is getting enough milk.

* Teach three feeding criteria for discharge of a late preterm infant.

Faculty Name: Sandra L. Gardner, RN MS CNS PNP

Title: Director of Professional Outreach Consultation

Bio: Sandra L. Gardner, RN, MS, CNS, PNP, is Director of Professional Outreach Consultation, a national and international consulting firm established in 1980. Ms Gardner is also co-director and founder of Nurse’s Professional Development and Practice Association, LLC, (NPDPATM).

Ms. Gardner’s writing achievements include a wide variety of articles, pamphlets, chapters, and book reviews. She is co-editor with Gerald B. Merenstein, M.D., of Handbook of Neonatal Intensive Care, 7th edition, 2011. She has co-edited with Mary Hagedorn a book entitled Legal Aspects of Maternal Child Nursing Practice, 1997. She is on the editorial board of Neonatal Network, and the Pre & Perinatal Psychology Journal.

Ms. Gardner is an active member of the Colorado Nurses Association/American Nurses Association, the National Association of Neonatal Nurses and The Academy of Neonatal Nursing. She is a founding member of the Colorado Perinatal Care Council, a state advisory council to the Governor and the State Health Department on perinatal/neonatal health care issues.

Media Format(s): Print (English)

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