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Fetal Heart Monitoring

BASIC Fetal Heart Monitoring

This workshop was developed for the RN with 0-6 months experience in L&D. The course will define methods of monitoring, instrumentation, physiology and pathophysiology of the FHR, FHR characteristics, as well as review common antenatal testing methods. By the end of the course, the participant will be able to recognize basic FHR patterns and describe appropriate nursing interventions. Both lecture and practical strip review will be utilized to assist the learner. This course is a part of the Maternal Newborn Nursing Care Course (MNNC). If you are registered for the MNNC, you do not need to sign up for the Basic Fetal Monitoring course separately.

Basic Course Details

REQUIRED TEXT BOOK – There is no required textbook for students taking the Basic Fetal Heart Monitoring section.

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT – Provider is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 07257. Seven (7) contact hours are provided for this course.

PRETEST/PREREQUISITES - Pretest is not required for students taking the Basic Fetal Heart Monitoring section.

COURSE FEE(S) - Course fee is $175. Fee includes electronic copies of course material. Paper copies of the course material are available for an additional fee ($30). Refreshments are provided; lunch is not included.

REFUND POLICY – Due to materials which need to be prepared and ready before the first day of class, the following refund policy has been implemented: A full refund will be given if written cancellation is received within TWO weeks of the start of class. Written cancellations received within ONE week of the start will be assessed a processing fee of $50. Refunds will NOT be given for cancellations received less than one week before the start of class, after the start of class, or for no shows.

CLASS DATES - Winter 2021 date TBD; Summer 2020 date TBD


REGISTRATION- Enrollment is limited, so early registration is advised. The course organizer reserves the right to cancel the course if minimum enrollment is not met and will provide a full refund.

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INTERMEDIATE Fetal Heart Monitoring

This is NOT an introductory course. The AWHONN Intermediate Fetal Heart Monitoring course was developed by AWHONN for the RN who has taken a basic fetal monitoring course. The course is a two-day workshop focusing on the application of essential fetal heart monitoring knowledge and skills. The didactic components of the course use case study analysis to teach principles of the physiologic basis of fetal heart monitoring, tracing interpretation, nursing interventions and their related physiology, and verbal and written communication skills. The skills station components are mixed with the didactic to include demonstration and practice of auscultation, Leopold' s maneuvers, placement of an IUPC and a FSE, interpretation of tracings, identification of nursing interventions, and communication and documentation.

Intermediate Course Details

ADVANCED Fetal Heart Monitoring

This is NOT an introductory course. Advanced fetal monitoring is a one-day course developed by AWHONN for the RN experienced in L/D. The advanced course reviews maternal-fetal physiology, fetal dysrhythmias, complex case scenarios, antenatal surveillance tests, and documentation & risk management.

Advanced Course Details