This study examined the association between the amount of direct care time and total time (direct and administrative) spent by CNSs with families of 39 very low birth weight infants (< or = 1500 grams) and infant outcomes (rehospitalizations and acute care visits). Documentation of the CNSs' time spent with infants and families was recorded during infant hospitalization and for 18 months after infant discharge. The number of infant rehospitalizations and acute care visits was recorded from hospital and physician records. The mean total time the CNS spent per infant for the 18-month period was 27.3 hours. After discharge, there were significant relationships between the amount of CNS direct care time and the number of acute care visits (r = 0.45, p < 0.01) and infant rehospitalizations (r = 0.51, p < 0.01). Although the study findings did not demonstrate improved infant outcomes associated with the amount of time the CNS spent with this high risk population, they document the amount of CNS time spent in intervention and follow-up of these infants. This study provides data for costing home visiting by the CNS in this patient population.
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[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Objective: This study examined the mean nursing time spent providing discharge planning and home care to women who delivered by unplanned cesarean birth and examined differences in nursing time required by women with and without morbidity.
Design: A secondary analysis of nursing time from a randomized trial of transitional care (discharge planning and home follow-up) provided to women after cesarean delivery.
Setting: An urban tertiary-care hospital.
Patients: The sample (N= 61) of black and white women who had unplanned cesarean births and their full-term newborns was selected randomly. Forty-four percent of the women had experienced pregnancy complications.
Interventions: Advanced practice nurses provided discharge planning and 8-week home follow-up consisting of home visits, telephone outreach, and daily telephone availability.
Outcome Measure: Nursing time required was dictated by patient need and provider judgment rather than by reimbursement plan. Results: More than half of the women required more than two home visits; mean home visit time was 1 hour. For women who experienced morbidity mean discharge planning time was 20 minutes more and mean home visit time 40 minutes more.
Conclusions: Current health care services that provide one or two 1-hour home visits to childbearing women at high risk may not be meeting the education and resource needs of this group.
Full-text · Article · Aug 1996 · Journal of Obstetric Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This study examined the time spent by advanced practice nurses (APNs) in providing prenatal care to women with high risk pregnancies. The results indicate that the overall mean APN time spent in providing prenatal care was 51.3 hours per woman. The greatest amount of time was spent in the clinic and women with pregestational diabetes consumed the most APN time and required the most contacts. Historically, home care services have been measured by number of visits or contacts. This study assists home care nurses and administrators to consider additional measurements including time spent.
Full-text · Article · Jan 1999 · Home Healthcare Nurse
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This descriptive correlational study explored the role of neonatal nurse practitioners (NNPs) in postneonatal intensive care unit follow-up. A random sample of 505 NNPs completed a researcher-developed instrument pretested for reliability and validity. There was overwhelming agreement (96%) that a role exists for NNPs in follow-up. In total, 52% felt qualified to provide follow-up and 22% were currently in the role. NNPs with previous primary care experience (P = 0.010) were more involved in follow-up. NNPs with additional certification (P = 0.016) or previous primary care experience (P = 0.003) felt more qualified to provide follow-up care. Facilitators and barriers to the role were identified by NNPs providing follow-up care.
No preview · Article · Jul 1999 · The Journal of perinatal & neonatal nursing