American Journal of Nursing Recognizes Book Co-Edited by VCU Neonatal Nursing Expert
A book co-edited by Jacqueline McGrath, Ph.D.,R.N., FNAP, FAAN, associate professor in the Family and Community Health Nursing Department, was selected for the 2011 American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award in the Maternal and Child Health category. The book, titled “Developmental Care of Newborns and Infants: A Guide for Health Professionals, was also edited by Carole Kenner, PhD, RNC-NIC, NNP, FAAN,
dean of the School of Nursing and associate dean of Bouve College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University.
The book, in its 2nd edition, offers evidence-based guidelines for interdisciplinary, developmentally supportive caregiving for infants and their families, beginning with contemplation of the birth and continuing through the delivery room and neonatal intensive care unit experiences, the transition to home, and the time following discharge. This groundbreaking work, published by the National Association of Neonatal Nurses, provides a foundation for best practices and serves as a cornerstone for NICU health professionals’ education and clinical practice.
Dr. McGrath is a nationally renowned expert on integration of developmental interventions with infants and families. A neonatal nurse practitioner, she is also a federally funded researcher who focuses on interventions to support developing preterm infants, including oral feeding readiness and parent delivered preterm infant massage.