Course Description

This 2-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
  • Documentation

Expected Level of Learner

This course is designed for registered nurses with a minimum of 6 months clinical nursing experience using fetal heart monitoring technology in an intrapartum setting. Participants are expected to already possess basic knowledge and related skills in the following areas:

  • Maternal physiologic changes of pregnancy
  • Fetal growth and development
  • Methods of fetal monitoring
  • Preparation of patient for set-up and initiation of external or internal fetal monitoring
  • Obtaining and maintaining tracings that document fetal heart rate and uterine contractions
  • Interpretation of uterine contraction frequency, duration, and baseline resting tone
  • Identification of the baseline fetal heart rate, variability and deviations
  • Indicated clinical interventions
  • Communication and documentation standards

At the conclusion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate the decision-making process necessary for the proper selection and verification of fetal heart monitoring techniques.
  • Analyze fetal heart rate patterns and their implications for fetal well-being.
  • Correlate indicated clinical interventions with related maternal-fetal physiology.
  • Describe the role and responsibility of the professional nurse in the use of FHM in intrapartum care.
  • Simulate the psychomotor skills used in FHM.
  • Communicate verbal and written data to verify accountability.