Preeclampsia Foundation volunteers in different parts of the country have been taking advantage of Perinatal Outreach Educator Networks to disseminate information about the Preeclampsia Foundation and advocate for more patient education.
An unexpected outcome from one of these discussions came from Maripat Zeschke, RNC-EFM, MSN, LC who is the Perinatal Network Administrator at the University of Illinois Administrative Perinatal Center. She asked a simple, but powerful, question of the preeclampsia survivors who were presenting: "What do you think we, as nurses, could do to support patients when they are in a situation similar to yours?"
Zeschke said that her question "comes from a long history of being committed to patients. Nursing is the perfect blend of art and science, and being at the bedside is the essence of the art. I've seen so many patients with devastating preeclamptic stories, and I think it's amazing when survivors can relive it on a regular basis in an attempt to increase awareness."
We want your input to answer this question and prepare a more formal presentation that we will then be sharing with nurses across the country. Please visit our Facebook page or our Community Forum to share one piece of advice you would like to give nurses at the bedside of preeclampsia patients. Whether your experiences were good or bad, they will provide excellent context as we continue to advocate for the best possible outcomes for complicated pregnancies.