Obstetrical Nursing

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Assessment of the Newborn: Cardiopulmonary Assessment and Cardiac Anomalies

Product code: 78811C        

Series Overview:

Newborns have unique anatomy and physiologic characteristics that need to be assessed at birth. Nurses with limited or no experience in the obstetrical environment need to be made aware of these unique characteristics in order to perform a competent evaluation of a newborn's health.

This series provides nurses with the information they need and demonstrates the skills necessary, to perform a comprehensive assessment of the newborn child.

The programs in this series are:

  • Assessment of the Newborn: The First 10 Minutes
  • Assessment of the Newborn: The Head to Toe Assessment
  • Assessment of the Newborn: Cardiopulmonary Assessment and Cardiac Anomalies
  • Assessment of the Newborn: Physical Anomalies and Neurologic Issues
  • Assessment of the Newborn: Gestational Age and Newborn Reflexes

This series is designated for a total of 5 contact hours of continuing nursing education.

Overview:

The program begins by offering an overview of fetal circulation. With this foundation, it goes on to examine the issues related to cardiopulmonary assessment. Topics such as acrocyanosis, retractions, transient tachypnea and infant respiratory distress syndrome are presented. The program then presents and discusses cardiac anomalies. The four categories of cardiac defects are highlighted and the eight most common cardiac defects are outlined.

Objectives:

After completing this course, the learner should be able to:
  • Describe fetal circulation
  • Perform a respiratory assessment
  • Take blood pressure
  • Perform a cardiac assessment
  • Identify the main categories and types of cardiac anomalies

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Assessment of the Newborn: Gestational Age and Newborn Reflexes

Product code: 78811ER        

Series Overview:

Newborns have unique anatomy and physiologic characteristics that need to be assessed at birth. Nurses with limited or no experience in the obstetrical environment need to be made aware of these unique characteristics in order to perform a competent evaluation of a newborn's health.

This series provides nurses with the information they need and demonstrates the skills necessary, to perform a comprehensive assessment of the newborn child.

The programs in this series are:

  • Assessment of the Newborn: The First 10 Minutes
  • Assessment of the Newborn: The Head to Toe Assessment
  • Assessment of the Newborn: Cardiopulmonary Assessment and Cardiac Anomalies
  • Assessment of the Newborn: Physical Anomalies and Neurologic Issues
  • Assessment of the Newborn: Gestational Age and Newborn Reflexes

This series is designated for a total of 5 contact hours of continuing nursing education.

Overview:

This program focuses on the New Ballard Gestational Age Assessment. In the process of this discussion, both the assessment of neuromuscular maturity and that of physical maturity are examined. As the infant is assessed, reference is made to the system developed by Dr. Jeanne Ballard. The program concludes with a presentation of 13 newborn reflexes.

Objectives:

After completing this course, the learner should be able to:
  • Properly perform the New Ballard Gestational Age Assessment
  • Assess for neuromuscular and physical maturity
  • Accurately report and score the results of the exam
  • Identify and test for the 13 newborn reflexes

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Assessment of the Newborn: Physical Anomalies and Neurologic Issues

Product code: 78811D        

Series Overview:

Newborns have unique anatomy and physiologic characteristics that need to be assessed at birth. Nurses with limited or no experience in the obstetrical environment need to be made aware of these unique characteristics in order to perform a competent evaluation of a newborn's health.

This series provides nurses with the information they need and demonstrates the skills necessary, to perform a comprehensive assessment of the newborn child.

The programs in this series are:

  • Assessment of the Newborn: The First 10 Minutes
  • Assessment of the Newborn: The Head to Toe Assessment
  • Assessment of the Newborn: Cardiopulmonary Assessment and Cardiac Anomalies
  • Assessment of the Newborn: Physical Anomalies and Neurologic Issues
  • Assessment of the Newborn: Gestational Age and Newborn Reflexes

This series is designated for a total of 5 contact hours of continuing nursing education.

Overview:

The program begins with an examination of such physical anomalies as neural tube defects (anencephaly, spina bifida and meningocele), craniosynostosis and cleft lip and palate. Additionally, features such as simian crease, pilonidal sinus and gastroschisis are presented. The presentation of neurologic issues includes a brief discussion of the infant brain and neurons and leads to a detailed discussion of neonatal hypoglycemia. This detailed view of neurologic assessment concludes with a presentation of pathologic jaundice, its causes and intervention strategies.

Objectives:

After completing this course, the learner should be able to:
  • Identify neural tube defects, including anencephaly, spina bifida and meningocele
  • Identify signs of craniosynostosis and cleft lip and palate
  • Identify features such as simian crease, pilonidal sinus and gastroschisis
  • Describe the infant brain and neurons
  • Perform a neurological assessment and identify various neurologic issues
  • Accurately identify the signs and symptoms of neonatal hypoglycemia
  • Describe the causes and symptoms of pathological jaundice and perform appropriate interventions

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Assessment of the Newborn: The First 10 Minutes

Product code: 78811A        

Series Overview:

Newborns have unique anatomy and physiologic characteristics that need to be assessed at birth. Nurses with limited or no experience in the obstetrical environment need to be made aware of these unique characteristics in order to perform a competent evaluation of a newborn's health.

This series provides nurses with the information they need and demonstrates the skills necessary, to perform a comprehensive assessment of the newborn child.

The programs in this series are:

  • Assessment of the Newborn: The First 10 Minutes
  • Assessment of the Newborn: The Head to Toe Assessment
  • Assessment of the Newborn: Cardiopulmonary Assessment and Cardiac Anomalies
  • Assessment of the Newborn: Physical Anomalies and Neurologic Issues
  • Assessment of the Newborn: Gestational Age and Newborn Reflexes

This series is designated for a total of 5 contact hours of continuing nursing education.

Overview:

This program begins with a discussion of primary roles of the placenta and umbilical cord during pregnancy. It goes on to describe the role of surfactant in the lungs and presents the current understanding of factors which foster the newborns first breath. Other topics addressed include: steps to be taken if there is meconium in the amniotic fluid, the four routes of heat loss and the seven factors which increase a newborn's susceptibility to cold stress. The presentation ends with an overview of the APGAR score and its role in newborn assessment.

Objectives:

After completing this course, the learner should be able to:
  • Assess and facilitate the first breaths of the newborn
  • Deal effectively with an infant that has expelled meconium
  • Use the proper techniques to measure neonatal pulse and respiration
  • Implement actions to maintain the infant's body temperature
  • Describe factors that increase the infant's susceptibility to cold stress
  • Evaluate and provide infants with an Apgar score at 1 and 5 minutes after birth
  • Use appropriate methods to evaluate the infant's cord vessels
  • Properly administer Vitamin K prophylaxis.

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Assessment of the Newborn: The Head to Toe Assessment

Product code: 78811B        

Series Overview:

Newborns have unique anatomy and physiologic characteristics that need to be assessed at birth. Nurses with limited or no experience in the obstetrical environment need to be made aware of these unique characteristics in order to perform a competent evaluation of a newborn's health.

This series provides nurses with the information they need and demonstrates the skills necessary, to perform a comprehensive assessment of the newborn child.

The programs in this series are:

  • Assessment of the Newborn: The First 10 Minutes
  • Assessment of the Newborn: The Head to Toe Assessment
  • Assessment of the Newborn: Cardiopulmonary Assessment and Cardiac Anomalies
  • Assessment of the Newborn: Physical Anomalies and Neurologic Issues
  • Assessment of the Newborn: Gestational Age and Newborn Reflexes

This series is designated for a total of 5 contact hours of continuing nursing education.

Overview:

This program looks at the complete head to toe assessment of the newborn. It begins with a discussion of vital signs and continues with presentation of issues related to eye care. Weighing and measuring are examined including presentations of "normal" values. As the assessment continues, the trunk, umbilical cord, skin, extremities, genitalia and anus are discussed. The program concludes with a presentation of issues related to newborn screening such as phenylketonuria (PKU).

Objectives:

After completing this course, the learner should be able to:
  • Measure the newborn's body temperature
  • Perform appropriate eye prophylaxis
  • Accurately measure the infant's weight, length and circumference of the head, chest and abdomen
  • Assess the infant's trunk and extremities for symmetry
  • Examine the skin for intactness, quality, turgor and color
  • Assess the infant's spine and extremities, including fingers and toes
  • Examine the newborn's genitals and anus and identify any abnormalities
  • Screen the infant for specific disorders, including hearing loss and phenylketonuria (PKU)
  • Understand the procedure required to test for PKU

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Obstetrical Nursing: Assisted Delivery and Cesarean Section

Product code: 78798FS    Copyright © 2015
    


Overview:
Some women experience no problem giving birth to their babies. Others have difficulty and need assistance. Common procedures used to assist a baby's birth include forceps delivery, vacuum extraction and cesarean section. This course provides an overview of these procedures and details the Labor and Delivery nurse's responsibilities in regard to forceps delivery, vacuum extraction and C-section. The course also discusses the nurse's role in patient education regarding these procedures.

Objectives:
After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • List indications for assisted delivery
  • Define and describe the most common devices and techniques used in assisted delivery
  • Describe patient and equipment preparation procedures for C-section
  • Discuss the importance of patient education in emergent obstetrical situations

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Obstetrical Nursing: Caring for the Antepartum Patient

Product code: 78798AS    Copyright © 2015
    


Overview:
The pregnant woman experiences significant changes during pregnancy that affect all of her major body systems and emotions. This program focuses on the physiological and emotional changes a woman goes through during pregnancy, and includes information that can assist the nurse in caring for and reassuring her pregnant patients. Patient history and prenatal care is also discussed.

Objectives:
After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Distinguish normal gestation from preterm gestation
  • Identify all of the major physical changes that occur during pregnancy
  • Distinguish how these wide ranging physical changes can affect a pregnant woman's physical and emotional functioning and well being
  • Identify appropriate information that should be gathered and tests that should be taken during initial obstetrical visits
  • Use specific terms to identify number of pregnancies and number of deliveries for each patient
  • Identify the various laboratory tests and monitoring procedures that must be performed at various points during the pregnancy

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Obstetrical Nursing: Caring for the Postpartum Patient

Product code: 78798HS    Copyright © 2015
    


Overview:
During the postpartum period of care, the patient may require a notable amount of physical and psychological care. This course focuses on the physiological, psychological and emotional changes a woman goes through during the postpartum period, and includes information that can assist the nurse in caring for and reassuring her postpartum patients. The course also discusses the importance of emotional support and patient education during the postpartum phase of care.

Objectives:
After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • List and discuss the physiological changes that occur in the postpartum patient
  • List and discuss the psychological and emotional changes that can occur in the postpartum patient
  • Describe and perform physical assessment of the postpartum patient
  • Discuss the nurse's primary role during postpartum care
  • Discuss the importance of emotional support and patient education during the postpartum phase of care

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Obstetrical Nursing: Complications of Pregnancy

Product code: 78798CU    Copyright © 2015
    

Overview:
While most women have healthy, straightforward pregnancies, some will experience significant complications. This program provides an overview of some of the more common complications of pregnancy and offers information about how these challenges can be managed in order to help ensure a safe and successful delivery.

Objectives:
After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Discuss various complications that can occur during pregnancy, including preterm labor, placenta previa, abruptio placenta, preeclampsia and eclampsia
  • Identify the most common signs and symptoms of each of the complications described
  • Describe techniques and methods that are commonly used to manage these pregnancy complications
  • Discuss strategies that nurses and other healthcare personnel can use to help the mother carry her pregnancy to term and deliver a healthy newborn

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Obstetrical Nursing: Electronic Fetal Monitoring

Product code: 78798BS    Copyright © 2015
    


Overview:
While most births occur naturally and without complication, some do not. The labor and delivery nurse must be able to use effective monitoring systems in order to observe changes in the status of the fetus during labor. By understanding the latest monitoring techniques and equipment, including electronic fetal monitoring systems, the nurse can help to create a positive delivery outcome for her patients. This program focuses on the latest electronic fetal monitoring devices and practices.

Objectives:
After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Identify the most commonly used types of fetal monitoring equipment
  • Explain how the electronic fetal monitor is attached and used
  • Educate patients regarding fetal monitoring
  • Monitor for complications during labor using different monitoring techniques

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Obstetrical Nursing: Labor and Delivery

Product code: 78798DS    Copyright © 2015
    


Overview:
Labor is the apt term to describe the birthing process, which is laborious and painful, and characterized by distinct stages and phases. This course details the process of labor and introduces practices that nursing personnel can use to help ensure positive delivery outcomes for patients.

Objectives:
After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Define and describe the four stages of labor
  • Differentiate between the stages and phases of labor
  • Discuss in detail, the nursing care that should be performed through each phase and stage of labor

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Obstetrical Nursing: Newborn Stabilization and Care

Product code: 78798GT    Copyright © 2017
    

Overview:

While most births occur naturally and without complication, some do not. By understanding basic newborn stabilization and care practices, the nurse can help to create a positive delivery outcome for her patients.  This latest edition of this program has been updated to include recommendations from the 7th Edition of the Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NPR).

Objectives:

After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

•    Discuss physiological changes that occur at birth that allow the neonate to adapt to life outside the uterus
•    Assess and provide for the stabilization needs of the healthy neonate
•    Explain the use of the Apgar test
•    Describe the key steps that must take place if the newborn is suffering from respiratory distress

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Obstetrical Nursing: Pain Control

Product code: 78798ES    Copyright © 2015
    


Overview:
Labor is the apt term to describe the birthing process, which is laborious and painful. This course describes how the body responds to pain during labor, and provides a detailed overview of the different pain relief techniques and medications that are available.

Objectives:
After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Discuss how the body responds to pain during the stages of labor
  • Define various non-pharmacologic methods of pain relief for the mother
  • Discuss the different types of medication and regional anesthesia that can be used to reduce pain during labor
  • Describe advantages and disadvantages of different pain relief methods
  • Compare the effects of different types of pain relief medications on both the mother and fetus

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