Abstract

Background: There is a documented overuse of C-sections (CS) in the United States. The majority of research surrounding CS overuse focuses on the physician’s role, location (state, city, hospital), hospital policies, and the reason why the CS is being performed. Little research focuses on the nurse’s influence on CS outcomes, although nurses spend the longest amount of time with the patient. Methods: Data for this literature review examined 13 research articles between 1992 to present, exploring factors relating to the overuse of CS, specifically, data relating to the correlation between CS and the nurse’s role. Results: Recent research has shown that factors such as short staffing affect nursing care provided to patients. Likewise, a nurse’s attitude towards patient care has influenced the level of attention and advocacy patients receive regarding CS. Experience level of nurses can also influence the outcome of CS deliveries. For example, experienced nurses showed higher CS rates among patients and were less likely to utilize therapeutic amounts of oxytocin during labor compared to newer nurses. Conclusion: The nurse’s influence also has implications on the outcome of CS delivery and requires further research. As the main advocate for patients, understanding how the nurse can help avoid unnecessary CS procedures is of great importance.

Thesis Completion

2022

Semester

Spring

Thesis Chair

Bushy, Angeline

Degree

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)

College

College of Nursing

Department

Nursing

Language

English

Access Status

Open Access

Release Date

5-1-2022

Restricted to the UCF community until 5-1-2022; it will then be open access.

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