This course will prepare nurses, with little or no obstetric background, for clinical preceptorship in the labor, delivery and postpartum setting. Course content includes a review of female reproductive anatomy and physiology and focuses on the physiologic and pathophysiologic processes associated with labor and delivery. Frequently encountered complications of pregnancy and the common medical and pharmacologic interventions are discussed. Nursing assessments and interventions during the intrapartal period are emphasized throughout the course. It also provides the theoretical background necessary to prepare nurses to begin caring for mother-infant dyads during the postpartum period and includes a discussion of the goals and advantages of couplet care, assessment of postpartal newborn problem and appropriate nursing interventions. Postpartal and newborn teaching protocols, based on principles of adult learning, as wells as topics of proper perinatal documentation, medico-legal aspects, culturally competent care, and high risk social behaviors and the relationship to perinatal care will also be addressed. This course does NOT include a clinical component or neonatal resuscitation instruction. This course includes Basic Fetal Heart Monitoring and Postpartum Care.
RECOMMENDED TEXT BOOK – Alden/Lowdermilk/Cashion/Perry Maternity & Women's Health Care, 10th Edition. ISBN: 9780323074292
Students are responsible for purchasing this text book prior to the first day of class.
CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT – Provider is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 07257. Credits are provided only if attendance is recorded for each day of class and you receive a passing grade on the course examinations. Approximately 65 contact hours are provided for this course.
PRETEST/PREREQUISITES – All students are required to take a pretest prior to the first day of class. The exam will take approximate 2 hours.
CLASS DATES - Winter/January 2021 dates TBD; SummerJuly 2021 dates TBD
COURSE SCHEDULE – This class takes place over six weeks; two days each week. Class starts promptly at 7:30 am and ends around 4:00 pm (with a couple of exceptions) every day.
COURSE FEE(S) – Course fee is $700. Fee includes electronic copies of course material (posted on the web site as PDF documents for students to download as needed). Paper copies of the course material (three, 2 inch binders) are available for an additional fee ($150). The hard copy of the syllabus includes copies of all presentations/powerpoint and additional reading material (excluding readings from the Lowdermilk book). Refreshments are provided; lunch is not included.
LOCATION – TBD
REGISTRATION - Space is limited, so early registration is advised. The organizer reserves the right to cancel the course if minimum enrollment is not met and will provide a full refund.
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 $100. 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.
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