Basic Fetal Heart Monitoring
This course is developed for the Registered Nurse with less than 6 months experience in a Labor and Delivery or Antepartum setting. No experience in Fetal Monitoring assessment is necessary. Through lecture and practical strip review, the course will: define methods of uterine and fetal monitoring, discuss physiologic mechanisms of the fetal heart rate, assessment of the FHR strip as well as nursing interventions for non-reassuring patterns, and identify various antenatal testing methods.
- Course Cost: $175
- Length: 8 Hr.
- Course Material and Supplies: Included in Course Fee
- No Prerequisites Required
- Continuing Education: 8 Hours for RN
- Recommended for L&D Nurses, L&D Cross training, Nurse Midwives, OB-GYN, Ante-partum, Triage Nurses
Basic Fetal Monitoring Objectives
- At the conclusion of the course the student will be able to:
- Identify the purpose of fetal monitoring
- Describe methods of uterine activity and fetal heart rate monitoring
- Define and discuss etiologies related to baseline fetal heart rate and baseline characteristics, including variability, tachycardia, and bradycardia
- Identify and discuss physiologic etiologies related to variations in the baseline, including early, variable, late, and prolonged fetal heart decelerations as well as accelerations in the FHR.
- Discuss Categories of fetal heart rate patterns
- Identify nursing interventions for Category 2 and 3 fetal heart rate patterns
- Discuss antenatal fetal surveillance testing
This one-day course provides you with the skills to assess and document fetal status and to be knowledgeable of the nursing interventions appropriate for the fetal status.