Essentials of Fetal Monitoring
This four-hour course serves as an introduction to fetal heart monitoring (FHM). This course provides novice practitioners with tools to understand the benefits/limitations of different instrumentation, interpret FHM data, understand the maternal/fetal physiology affecting fetal heart rate tracings, implement interventions and evaluate the effect of interventions on maternal and fetal well-being. Course cost: varies
AWHONN Intermediate Fetal Monitoring Course
This two-day workshop earns 18 contact hours and 15.25 CMEs. Offered in a standardized format, the course may be used as a competency assessment to validate the knowledge and skills of experienced nurses. Participants analyze case scenarios using key physiologic principles. Sessions offer demonstration, practice and testing of the following skills: auscultation, performing Leopold’s maneuvers, placement of an intrauterine pressure catheter and spiral electrode, interpretation of tracings, identification of indicated nursing interventions, communication and documentation. Course cost: varies
AWHONN Advanced Fetal Monitoring
This course is designed for clinicians who previously completed the AWHONN Intermediate Fetal Monitoring Course, a comparable fetal monitoring educational program and/or who hold certification or added credentials in fetal heart monitoring. This 1-day instructor-led course is designed to prepare clinicians to care for patients with complex fetal heart monitoring tracings. Course components include:
- Complex case studies that include recommended interventions
- Communicating with colleagues
- Advanced principles of maternal-fetal physiology
- Optional online post-test is available
AWHONN Course fees are subject to change. Instructor fees are not included in the AWHONN pricing for materials/course fees. To learn more about course fees and the registration process, please contact the administrator listed for your preferred date and location.
8 contact hours of CNE and 6 hours of CME are provided.
Management of Shoulder Dystocia
This two-hour course with related demonstration/drill offers an overview to this challenging obstetrical emergency detailing the physiology of shoulder dystocia, predictability, risks, signs, management strategies, and maternal and fetal implications. Course cost: varies. This is a 1.5 hour class.
High Risk Obstetrics: Hypertensive Emergencies, HELLP and DIC
This course offers an overview of hypertensive complications of pregnancy. The participant will describe the latest definition/classifications of hypertension, pathophysiology of the disease, nursing assessment and interventions,evidence based practice that dictates the management of the acute and critical complications of HELLP and DIC.
A review of the latest ACOG 2015 guidelines from the Committee on Obstetric Practice for Emergent Therapy for Acute-Onset, Severe Hypertension During Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period will be discussed as well as standard therapiesfor management of preeclampsia.
Risk reduction strategies for the labor and delivery nurse
A six-hour educational offering designed to educate labor and delivery nurses regarding risk management as it relates to the obstetric field. We will discuss risk management, discuss the regulatory entities that govern our practice and discuss documentation and communication pitfalls. Finally, we will attempt to develop our critical thinking skills in order to incorporate clinical findings and knowledge of pathophysiology with patient responses using case scenario analysis. Course cost: varies
Diabetes and Obesity in pregnancy
This two-hour lecture defines diabetes classifications, hormonal influences on pregnancy metabolism, the role of insulin and insulin resistance, diagnostics, therapeutics and both the maternal and fetal implications of diabetes. Obesity is discussed as it relates to diabetes and how it creates obstetrical challenges in the antepartum/intrapartum period. This is a 1.5 hour class.
Course cost: varies
Management of Imminent Delivery
This 1 hour class is on the “fast track”, specifically designed for the Emergency Department Staff to identify the patient who presents with signs of Imminent Delivery. Lecture describes assessing clinical signs and symptoms of the patient in advanced labor. The birthing manikin “Noelle” is used to simulate delivery. Maneuvers are practiced and discussed as well as medical management post delivery.
(This inservice is commonly presented with Stabilization of the Newborn, also 1 CNE under Neonatal Education)
1.0 CNE credit
Course cost: varies
Perinatal Loss Workshop
Caring for patients with a loss provides unique challenges to healthcare professionals and the families they serve. This 3 hour CNE workshop is intended to provide evidence based practice guidelines for the care of the family experiencing perinatal loss. Through lectures, discussions and case studies the course will describe the nurse’s role in managing family grief in various practice settings. Utilization of internal and external resources will be discussed. Participants will be provided a framework to create special memories for the grieving family, including plaster molds of footprints, handprints, bracelets and other memorabilia. A review of pertinent Texas law and required documentation will be provided along with a perinatal loss checklist.
Postpartum hemorrhage remains the number 1 reason for perinatal mortality in both developed and developing countries.The participant will identify the risk factors and causes of post partum hemorrhage, discuss the placental conditions that increase the risk of postpartum hemorrhage, and the most common mistakes in management of postpartum hemorrhage. Nursing interventions, surgical interventions, and algorithms for restoring hemalogical homeostasis will be discussed based on the scientific evidence reviewed.
Interactive assessment of EBL using delivery scenarios will be practiced during this 1.5 hour presentation
Course cost: varies
Tranport of the Preterm Infant
The participant will describe the impact of maternal characteristics on the early neonatal course of the moderately premature infant and very low birth weight infant. The optimal strategy would be to identify infants who are likely to need Level III care antenatally, thus maternal-fetal transfer can take place prior to delivery. Antenatal transfer, which has been shown to be both safe and beneficial, is essential to provide optimal care for the critically ill newborn, avoid transport of a critically ill newborn, and minimize maternal infant separation. Nursing guidelines for preparation of the pregnant patient for transfer are reviewed.