Authored by Sadie Blair

Using the Data/Information/Knowledge/Wisdom Continuum

Data, Information, Knowledge, and Wisdom Continuum Nursery care of newborn infants is crucial for maintaining their well-being and early development. Therefore, it is difficult to underestimate the role of rooming-in care for both mothers and their babies. This valuable service allows children to spend more time with their mothers during the hospital stay regardless of the volume of taken procedures. However, most of the females complain about discomfort and pain after the delivery and, therefore, the main goal of a nurse is to eliminate these issues so that rooming-in provides a positive effect on baby attachment and mothers’ well-being, and helps increasing breastfeeding rates

Nowadays, medical facilities promote rooming-in care that helps to form an attachment between mothers and newborns, reach emotional stability, protect both individuals from infection through direct skin-to-skin contact, and increase breastfeeding rate to reach the favorable outcome. In reality, skin-to-skin contact and rooming-in care help mothers achieve emotional stability, maximize the interaction, and improve breastfeeding. As a result of these processes, mothers gain a better understanding of the natural physiology of their children and accommodate them to the surrounding world. The separation of newborns from mothers significantly decreases the amount of produced breast milk and frequency of breastfeeding. The prolonged hospital stay of an infant with a mother helps to achieve more frequent breast suckling and promotes bonding and closeness. Therefore, benefits of rooming-in care are evident.

In order to get a clear representation of rooming-in benefits, positive effect on mother and baby attachment and increase in breastfeeding rate, it is important to refer to credible and valuable data accompanied by statistics and objective evidence. Cleveland Clinic is one of the most recognizable and renowned healthcare organizations of Ohio, the staff of which consists of high-skilled and qualified specialists, including nurses, who promote rooming-in, healing, and rest after delivery. Numerous researches and studies have shown that holding a baby near mother from the beginning is the best way to establish routine and rest. Rooming-in helps a mother to prepare herself for taking caring of a baby at home. She is also provided with numerous opportunities to recognize infants’ behaviors and their meanings. MDHSS also highlights the benefits of rooming-in. A mother starts to understand the child better by holding, cuddling and responding to his/her cues. In this case, newborns will cry less in comparison with those who are away from their mothers. Many hospitals, clinics, and other medical settings encourage mothers to keep their babies with themselves in the same room, particularly, since the introduction of the WHO/UNICEF Baby- Friendly Hospital Initiative in the 1990s. Owing to nursery care, females will learn how to improve their sleep and how to breastfeed better so that a baby gains weight faster. Mothers who keep their infants with them at night sleep better than those who do not.

Information is provided by the Cleveland Clinic, MDHSS, and authors Jaafar, Lee, and Ho. They are not intended to replace the valuable and relevant advice given by doctors, nurses, caregivers, and other providers. Therefore, first of all, patients should consult healthcare professionals about the specific medical condition, but they are also encouraged to refer to the credible sources to increase their awareness. However, the practice and procedures are carried out by nurses, who are responsible for well-being and health of both female patients and their newborns. Nurse professionals promote a close link between mothers and babies; they provide unlimited opportunities for breastfeeding, early attachment, and frequent skin-to-skin contact. Yearning for closeness is an emotional and physical need shared by both mothers and their infants.

The awareness implies the application of information after its collection. In the case of rooming-in care, nurses may wonder how this practice affects the well-being of mothers and their children, breastfeeding rate, and baby attachment. Owing to the possessed knowledge, nurses are aware that skin-to-skin contact and rooming-in enhance bonding, ease breastfeeding, and help a newborn cry less and stay warm. Therefore, mothers are encouraged to engage in practices that support normal birth. Nurses do everything possible to keep mothers and their babies together. Breastfeeding rate increases, when mothers and their infants spend time together since birth (Chinn & Kramer, 2011). At this time, mothers recognize needs of their newborns and respond tenderly to them. The connection that lasts a lifetime starts forming since the birth of a baby. After reviewing many valuable sources and engaging in clinical practice, nurse specialists get relevant information and transform it into knowledge. This approach helps them to implement their professional duties in a proper manner. If nurses are qualified, skillful, and proficient, they can easily share their knowledge with female patients so that the latter ones can make relevant decisions in regard to prolonged hospital stay, frequent breastfeeding, and constant skin-to-skin contact.

The benefits of c practice and keeping mothers and infants together are so impressive that many clinics, hospitals, and healthcare organizations have started actively promoting these principles of nursing care. They highly criticize the routine separation of mothers and newborns after birth, and, therefore, recommendations provided by medical specialists will enrich nurse knowledge and will encourage mothers to be confident in their decision-making when keeping their babies with them reassuring everyone around about the perfectness of this option among all available ones.

Databases include: Web of Science, Nursing Reference Center, Cochrane Library, CINAHL, EMBASE, PsycINFO, Sage Research Methods, Medline, ProQuest, and PubMed. Search words: rooming-in care, breastfeeding, infant, newborn, skin-to-skin care, postpartum recovery, normal birth, childbirth education, labor, delivery, and maternal attachment.

I will turn the collected information into a useable knowledge through practice, professional activity, research, and information technology. With this trend, I will be able to improve patients’ care by choosing the best practice options for them. In the case of rooming-in practice, I will persuade new mothers to be with their babies as long as possible providing relevant arguments in this regard. Turning information into knowledge is usually accompanied by the development of nursing programs, new approaches, and technologies. Only caregivers and nurses, who are constantly beside their patients, know about their health status and diagnosis. Provided information serve as an additional tool to the knowledge, expertise, and proficiency of physicians and healthcare providers.

Informatics and technological advancements can help nurses gain wisdom, properly manage clinic nursing data, properly structure critical issues, and make relevant health-related decisions. I will apply the useful knowledge with compassion, and the interplay of other vital aspects. Practice, training, and professional activity will help me to make relevant decisions as a nurse, and the final outcome will depend on whether I have been wise in the choice or not. Professional assistance to patients requires the same wisdom, which is applied when nurses select and evaluate sources to get relevant data. Collaborative efforts, personal experience, innovations, support task shifting, and mobility will enable me to teach female patients and persuade them to engage in rooming-in care. The introduction of information technology in nursing care will increase opportunities, properly address dilemmas, and prevent harm from automation during the transition (Moen & Maeland Knudsen, 2013). A wisdom will embody more than an understanding of rooming-in care principles since it requires the systemic approach. It is wrong to say that rooming-in care is a preferred approach only because health professionals choose it over the alternatives. Instead, the nurses’ task is to provide a clear explanation of all interactions that occur during rooming-in care, including increased breastfeeding, skin-to-skin contact, improved well-being of both mothers and babies, and other beneficial processes.

In conclusion, rooming-in care has proved its effectiveness, and, therefore, doctors widely refer to this practice. Nursery facilities highlight numerous benefits of rooming-in, including the attachment between mothers and newborns, emotional stability, protection from infections and other health issues. During rooming-in care, nurses provide services in the same room, where a mother is kept from the time of her baby’s birth until the time of their discharge from the hospital. Physicians and nurses emphasize the advantages of this practice, which helps mothers become more confident when they return home to raise children.

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