New online skills and procedures, aided by multimedia features, are designed to help healthcare institutions improve the quality of nursing care

St. Louis, MO, November 20, 2008 – Mosby’s Nursing Skills™ (MNS), the online nursing skills and procedures reference and competency management system from Elsevier, today announced the launch of its Maternal-Newborn Collection for healthcare institutions seeking to improve the quality of their nurses who work with adult, pediatric, and maternal-newborn populations.

The 72 Web-based skills in the Maternal-Newborn Collection are the latest addition to Mosby’s electronic evidence-based Nursing Skills collection, designed to help healthcare institutions provide easy-to-access, evidence-based skills and procedures materials that can help improve the quality of nursing care. Launched in May 2006, Mosby’s Nursing Skills is designed with the help of nurses, nurse managers, and nurse educators to meet the training needs of today’s healthcare institutions.

“From demonstrating procedures like applying a fetal monitor to showing a new mother how to care for an infant, the Maternal-Newborn Collection can help train nurses and provide 24/7 access to the most up-to-date clinical reference material available,” said Kathleen Cohen, RN-BC, MPA Clinical Editor of Mosby’s Nursing Skills. “In addition, the Maternal-Newborn Collection is a multimedia source, including step-by-step text explanations, animations and/or video, which helps users read, view and hear how procedures and practices are performed.”

Created from leading, peer-reviewed Mosby reference texts and other evidence-based practice guidelines with input from clinical nurse specialists, these online skills and procedures:

• Provide thorough coverage of antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum care of women and newborns
• Present step-by-step skills and procedures for all aspects of maternal and newborn care
• Include patient-family teaching tips
• Outline important physical changes that occur during labor
• Provide step-by-step guidance for assessing and caring for pregnant woman, new mothers, newborns, and families

For learners, Mosby’s Nursing Skills features clear rationales for all steps, checklists, online testing, more than 3,150 illustrations, and step-by-step video demonstrations or animations with voiceover and close captioning. Also included are references to evidence-based information. The testing process—a feature not available elsewhere—provides instant feedback and concept review to help learners master the skills and procedures and develop clinical reasoning skills. Mosby's Nursing Skills is built using learning management system (LMS) functionality allowing nurse managers and educators to assign, track and manage skills and test hospital staff. It also includes supplementary material such as searchable database of patient education handouts. The Nursing Skills system also enhances a healthcare institution’s recruitment and retention efforts.

In the first quarter of 2009, 40 High Risk Obstetric Skills will be added at no additional charge as part of the MNS Core Collection. These new skills, in combination with more than 530 adult skills and procedures and 321 pediatric skills, will bring the total collection to nearly 1,000 comprehensive skills.

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About Mosby Nursing Skills
Mosby’s Nursing Skills is designed with the help of nurses, nurse managers, and nurse educators to meet the training needs of today’s healthcare institutions. Managers and educators can use the built-in learning management functionality of Mosby’s Nursing Skills to assign, track, and manage skills competency completion and compare staff performance to standards. Skills’ instructional materials are customizable to incorporate specific organizational policies and procedures. MNS can also be integrated with an organization’s existing learning management system and with Mosby’s Nursing Consult, the ultimate resource for clinical nurses, nurse administrators, and nurse faculty.

Mosby’s Nursing Skills is endorsed by the AACN and is the only online competency development tool with testing functionality that now offers more than 530 adult skills, 321 pediatric-specific skills, and now over 70 maternal-newborn skills. For more information visit

About Elsevier
Elsevier is a global information analytics business that helps scientists and clinicians to find new answers, reshape human knowledge, and tackle the most urgent human crises. For 140 years, we have partnered with the research world to curate and verify scientific knowledge. Today, we’re committed to bringing that rigor to a new generation of platforms. Elsevier provides digital solutions and tools in the areas of strategic research management, R&D performance, clinical decision support, and professional education; including ScienceDirect, Scopus, SciVal, ClinicalKey and Sherpath. Elsevier publishes over 2,500 digitized journals, including The Lancet and Cell, 39,000 e-book titles and many iconic reference works, including Gray's Anatomy. Elsevier is part of RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers.

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