Our book, Comprehensive Neonatal Nursing Care, was created because Dr. Kenner and I were looking for a good reference for a project we were working on in the late 1980s.  We were working on a fairly basic article about neonatal nursing care.  Yet, to find the information we needed, we had to consult a variety of medical, nursing, and nutrition texts.  The existing nursing texts were pediatric texts that had a little section about the newborn included.  In that search, we realized that there was no textbook that was dedicated to the nursing care of the newborn, including the preterm neonate, the critically-ill neonate, and the term neonate.  In other words, there was no comprehensive neonatal nursing textbook.  Stand-alone neonatal nursing professional organizations were emerging in conjunction to neonatal sections of larger maternal or pediatric nursing organizations. We recognized that we could make a significant difference to the care of all newborns and their families by developing a comprehensive neonatal nursing textbook.  We chose to organize the book using a physiologic perspective, rather than a pathophysiologic perspective, because we wanted to focus on all aspects of neonatal care, and not just the diseases of newborns.

To make sure that this book was the most accurate, up-to-date, and comprehensive reference — applicable to the care of neonates around the globe — we drew on experts from across the United States and beyond to bring in the very best content available. Our book was a front-runner; it was the first to include fetal surgery, genetic linkages, complementary therapies, and competency-based education.  Soon after its publication, the first edition was widely adopted in the United States and abroad in nursing education programs and in clinical practice.  Now, 20 years later it is still a leader in neonatal nursing care in education and practice.  It is making a difference, one nurse and one neonate at a time.

What is different about this edition?

To reflect changes in knowledge and clinical practice, we added content on informatics, electronic medical records, and Telehealth.  We added even more cases, which will make it easier for our readers to relate the content to their own practice.  This book has always been a leader in the globalization of health care and, in this edition, the global content was expanded to include health policy at the international level, which illustrates how intertwined the neonatal community is.  Dr. Kenner has worked diligently for more than 20 years to make high quality nursing care available to every baby, whether that baby is born in a large medical center in the US or in a small rural hospital in South Africa; this book is testament that it can be done.

Other important changes include IOM competencies, such as quality and safety, informatics, evidence based practice, and inter-professional teamwork.  The key drivers in health care reform including reimbursement, the affordable care act, and the formation of accountable care organizations are discussed, along with social determinants of health.

In short, all factors that have any impact on neonatal care are covered in this book.  Our book continues to be at the forefront of critical change in neonatal care.  We are passionate about making a difference in babies’ and families’ lives, and this book allows us to do that through our readers, primarily nurses in clinical practice and nursing students, preparing for advanced practice roles.  This passion pushed us to write the first edition and keeps us wanting to improve each subsequent edition.  With the help of our contributors and our publishers, and our colleagues and students and our patient families — we’ve done it again!