AWHONN Intermediate Fetal Monitoring Course

October 2 & 3, 2017

Today’s labor and delivery nurses need to keep their fetal heart monitoring skills up to date. The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) can train your staff in fetal heart rate monitoring.

The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) requires that staff demonstrate knowledge and skills appropriate to their assigned responsibilities, which involves more than on-the-job training. JCAHO also requires documentation of those skills by a qualified  professional. AWHONN’s Fetal Heart Monitoring Principles and Practices course provides  information and hands-on experience. As part of AWHONN’s course, participants must pass skills and written tests to receive continuing education credit.

The Course

To promote integration of knowledge and skills essential to nursing assessment, promotion, and evaluation of fetal safety during labor.

This course focuses on applying essential fetal heart rate monitoring theory and skills in intrapartum nursing practice. The course is presented in two days.

• Day one, participants analyze case studies and use a physiologic-based approach to interpret fetal monitoring data.

• Day two, the skills session offers demonstration, practice and testing of skill in auscultation, Leopold’s Maneuvers, insertion and placement of an intrauterine pressure catheter and fetal spiral electrode, interpretation of tracings,  identification of nursing interventions, and communication and documentation.

• During the skills session, participants benefit from interactive instruction provided through a 1:6 teacher-to-student ratio.


  At the conclusion of this course, the participant should be able to:

•  Analyze fetal heart patterns, uterine activity, and their implications for fetal well-being.

•  Discuss indicated clinical interventions and related maternal-fetal physiology.

•  Effectively communicate verbal and written data about patient status.

•  Describe the roles and responsibilities of healthcare providers in the use of fetal heart monitoring in  intrapartum care.

•  Demonstrate the psychomotor skills used in FHM.

Expected Level of Learner

   The course builds on the knowledge and skills of experienced nurses.

It is designed for clinicians who have completed a basic or foundations FHM course and who utilize FHM in the intrapartum setting.  

7:50 - 8:00 a.m. Registration
8:00 - 8:15 a.m. Introduction
8:15 - 9:15 a.m. Assessment
9:15 - 11:45 a.m. Interpretation (includes break)
11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Lunch (on your own)
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Techniques
1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Intervention (includes break)
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Communication
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Evaluation and Synthesis
5:00 - 5:30 p.m. Summary and Instruction for Skill Stations
8:00 - 8:15 a.m. Integration Introduction
8:15 - 9:00 a.m. Integration Practice
9:00 - 9:10 a.m. Break
9:10 - 10:30 a.m. Integration Test
10:30 - 11:45 a.m. Communication Practice and Test
11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Lunch (on your own)
12:30 - 3:00 p.m. Skills Stations Practice and Tests (Auscultation, Leopold's, SE/IUPC) (includes break)
3:00- 4:30 p.m. Evaluation and Retesting (if necessary)

Continuing Education Credit

Participants who attend the full course and successfully pass the skills and written tests earn 18 contact hours of continuing education credit awarded by AWHONN.

No partial credit will be awarded.

AWHONN is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

AWHONN also holds a California BRN Number California CNE Provider Number CEP 580.

Accredited status does not imply endorsement by AWHONN or ANCC of any commercial products displayed or discussed in conjunction with an activity.

Prior to the Course:

Read the Fetal Heart Monitoring Principles and Practices textbook (Fifth Edition) concentrating on those areas that are new or more difficult for you.

•  Read how to do skill stations.

Do the sample case studies and tests.

Practice auscultation with a stethoscope on real patients in your clinical  setting and counting fetal heart rate with the audio sound on your fetal monitor and a  second-hand wristwatch. Bring a second-hand watch to Day 2 of the class.

Practice Leopold’s Maneuvers.

Donna Hintz, BA, RN, CLC
Penny Welk, BSN, RNC-OB, CLC

$300.00 (Two-day course)
Book fee is included.  Book will be mailed to you as soon as we receive your registration.

Registration Deadline:  September 1, 2017 

Please download this brochure and mail-in with an attached a check payable to CHI St. Alexius Health Medical Center and mail with completed registration form to:

   Donna Hintz, BA, RN, CLC
   CHI St. Alexius Health
   900 East Broadway Avenue
   Bismarck, ND 58501

October 2nd, 2016 8:00 AM   through   October 3rd, 2017 4:30 PM
Technology and Education Center
1310 E. Main
Bismarck, North Dakota 58501
United States
Phone: 701-530-7700
Course Fee $ 300.00

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