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The Evidence Supporting Nursing Management of Labor


Susan Gennaro, DSN, RN, FAAN, College of Nursing, New York University, 246 Greene Street, New York, NY 10003. E-mail:


Although nursing practice is responsive to research findings, the practice site in which a nurse works has an impact on the ability to incorporate research changes into practice in a timely fashion. This review of the evidence base for nursing management of labor care focuses on care that typically falls within the nurses’ domain and highlights the evidence in five areas in which there is research on patient preferences. These include management of admission and of progression during the first stage of labor, fetal monitoring, care and comfort practices during labor, and the management of second-stage labor. Directions for achieving progress toward practice change are highlighted. JOGNN, 36, 598-604; 2007. DOI: 10.1111/J.1552-6909.2007.00194.x