Frontier Nursing University (FNU) joined thousands of nurse-midwives across the country to celebrate National Midwifery Week from Sept. 29 – Oct. 5. FNU hosted its fifth annual virtual event focused on healthcare team communication and perinatal mental health, featuring sessions delivered by nurse-midwifery leaders.
Here’s a recap of the sessions in case you missed them:
Healthcare Team Communication
FNU President Dr. Susan Stone, CNM, DNSc, FACNM, FAAN, kicked off the week by hosting her session, “Celebrating National Midwifery Week – Successful Collaboration: Obstetricians and Midwives.”
According to Dr. Stone, the ideal situation occurs when nurse-midwives, obstetricians, nurse practitioners and other healthcare providers work together in collaborative teams. When the best of both professions successfully collaborate together, women and families benefit.
Cathy Collins-Fulea, DNP, CNM, FACNM, an FNU course faculty member, presented a quality improvement project aimed at decreasing the length of stay in an obstetrical triage unit in her session, “We’re All in It Together – Midwives, Nurses and Physicians: A Team Solution for a Team Problem.”
She explained how improved team communication, patient engagement and the use of nurse-driven orders will decrease patient time in triage. This leads to increased satisfaction for both clients and staff.
Nurse-midwives got a free continuing education credit (and still can!) from the session by Audrey Perry, DNP, CNM and Mark Woodland, MS, MD, “Maybe there is an “I” in TEAM”, introducing Interprofessional Education, Collaboration and Service (IPECS) committees as a potential solution to improving team-based care and interprofessional education. They explained how IPECS committees are created and sustained, and they outlined specific interventions that promote a shift from soloist to team-based healthcare culture.
Tonya Nicholson, DNP, CNM, WHNP-BC, CNE, FACNM went live in her session, “I Wanna Be Part of the Team!” to discuss the process of becoming a nurse-midwife and to answer the questions of current and future nurse-midwifery students.
Perinatal Mental Health
Kalena Lanuza, DNP, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PHN, CLCI gave a powerful presentation on perinatal mental health in her session, “It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: A Community-Based Approach to Improving Perinatal Mental Health.”
Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs) occur in up to 20 percent of women during the perinatal period and are one of the leading causes of complications associated with childbearing. Dr. Lanuza explored how empowering women through a shared decision-making process along with community collaboration improves the implementation of effective perinatal mental health practices.
The 2019 virtual event was sponsored by Southern Cross Insurance Solutions. National Midwifery Week was created by the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) to celebrate and recognize midwives and midwife-led care. FNU President Dr. Susan Stone is currently serving as president of the ACNM Board of Directors.
To view each of the sessions from FNU’s virtual event, visit FNUDigitalSummit.com/NMW-2019.