Local Nursing Duo Improves Mother-Child Healthcare

 

July 28, 2006  |  

Two nurses at University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Medical Center are working to improve the care of mothers and their babies by studying and implementing the most current practices in newborn care. Alison Merideth, RN, BSN, MSN, PNP, CPST, and her mentor Linda Levy, RN, BSN, MSN, are striving to keep mothers and babies together after birth, a routine practice at UCSD.

Meridith and Levy’s project is part of the 18-month Maternal-Child Health Leadership Academy offered by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International and the Johnson & Johnson Pediatric Institute, LLC. The institute’s mission is to improve the lives of children and their families and build upon Johnson & Johnson’s heritage in mother and baby care. The honor society is among the oldest and largest nursing organizations, with 125,000 active members in 446 chapters worldwide.

While developing their projects at their healthcare organizations, Merideth, Levy and 20 other pairs of mentors and mentees traveled to Minneapolis, Minn., May 31-June 4 to participate in the 2006 Maternal-Child Health Leadership Academy, now in its second year. During the academy, 12 nationally known experts in maternal-child health and organizational development prepared participants to influence maternal-child health practice and patient outcomes.

"At UCSD we strive to provide exemplary care to our maternal-child patients, and we anticipate our project will only improve our already outstanding delivery of care," Merideth said.

Participants in the Maternal-Child Health Leadership Academy came from across the United States and Canada. The mentor-mentee pairs addressed such issues as breastfeeding, mental health interventions for immigrant women, emergency training for obstetric nurses, fetal monitoring practices, teen births, childhood obesity and keeping mother and newborn together after Caesarean birth.

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Media Contact: Jeffree Itrich, 619-543-6163, jitrich@ucsd.edu

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