Vanessa Lops

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Within recent years, the general educational arena has placed a greater emphasis on the incorporation of critical thinking within student curricula. Critical thinking as a learning tool teaches students the art of reason and logic, and encourages the preparation for dynamic situations that occur outside the classroom. The authors believe that critical(More)
This article describes an innovative program developed by the University of California, San Diego Nurse-Midwifery Education Program to supplement the experiential background of prospective nurse-midwifery students. This preprogram enables RNs without previous labor and delivery (maternal/newborn) nursing experience to complete the bridge program and enter(More)
A university-based program of perinatal care was extended to serve a spectrum of underserved populations through both urban and rural outreach. The program centered on the use of a multidisciplinary health care team comprised of a physician, nurse-midwife, health educator, social worker, nutritionist, pediatric nurse-practitioner, and patient case manager(More)
Anemia is the most common hematologic complication of pregnancy and is associated with increased rates of premature birth, low birth weight and perinatal mortality. Iron deficiency is the most common cause of anemia, and most pregnant women benefit from daily supplementation of 30 to 60 mg of elemental iron. Folic acid deficiency, the most common cause of(More)
Increasingly, nurses nationwide are assuming expanded roles in the provision of health care. Certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) are one example. These practitioners function in varied settings from the home to the level three hospital. As with any change, the transition to this present role has been a long and, very often, a difficult one. Their efficacy,(More)
The purpose of this article is to describe how the graduate-level nurse-midwifery education program at the University of California, San Diego, has operationalized the nursing concept of role transition for nurse-midwifery students. A theoretical background of role transition is presented. Specific strategies used to facilitate role transition are(More)
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