HOUSTON AREA COLLABORATIVE
PERINATAL PROGRAM

2017 COURSE DESCRIPTIONS & DATES

All offerings start with sign-in between 0730 and 0800 with instruction beginning about 0800 and lasting until about 1630 except some AWHONN courses which may last until 1730 or later.

Managing Breastfeeding During the Maternity Hospital Stay
This full day offering includes strategies on managing breastfeeding during the maternity hospital stay. The program will begin with the evidence for the Joint Commission Perinatal core measure for exclusive breastfeeding. Additional presentations and interactive sessions will provide useful tools related to managing common breastfeeding challenges and communication strategies. Participants will learn how healthcare provider’ practices can affect breastfeeding success or failure. Patient class simulations and video clips will be used as informative and interactive teaching strategies to stimulate discussion on some of the barriers faced by breastfeeding mothers and the staff caring for them during the maternity hospital stay.

Texas Children's Hospital is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Texas Children’s Hospital provides 7.0 contact hours for successful completion of this educational activity.

May 8, 2017 - TCH Pavilion for Women, Conf Room F; min 20 – max 50
Aug 23, 2017 - TCH Pavilion for Women, Conf Room F; min 20 – max 50
Oct 10, 2017 -TCH Pavilion for Women, Conf Room F; min 20 – max 50

Caring for the Antepartal Patient
Upon completion of this offering, participants will be able to define methods of antepartum testing, identify multidisciplinary components of the nursing care plan for the long-term antepartal patient, describe the physical and psychosocial effects of bed rest, examine hyperemesis, gall bladder disease, pyelonephritis and surgical procedures during the antepartum period and list nursing interventions related to antepartum care.  Fetal Monitoring 1 or a basic knowledge of fetal monitoring is recommended.  Hi Risk Maternal Care serves as a companion module for this offering.

Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association, an
accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
LBJ General Hospital will provide at least 5 nursing continuing education contact hours for the inpatient Care of the Antepartal Patient course. 

Apr 21, 2017 – MH Southwest, WT Auditorium; min 10 – max 200
Sep 22, 2017 –MH Southwest, WT Auditorium; min 10 – max 200

Care of the Female Post Op Patient
This offering is designed to familiarize novice nurses with postoperative care practices and to give direction in applying these practices in order to provide “same standards of care” in the female postoperative patient.  The offering will familiarize nurses with the assessment, interventions and evaluations of common female postoperative conditions, the effects of anesthesia/analgesia on the woman, and towards improving the quality of care to every patient.  Topics include: general postoperative care; common gynecologic surgeries and related nursing care; non-OB surgery for obstetric patients; and urogenital surgery and related nursing care.

Texas Children’s Hospital is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
This activity provides 5.66 contact hours. 

May 5, 2017 - The Woman’s Hospital of Texas, 7800 Fannin Bld, Rm 107; min 10 – max 40
October 6, 2017 - The Woman’s Hospital of Texas, 7800 Fannin Bld, Rm 107; min 10 – max 40

Post Partum Care & Support (formerly Family Issues) 
This offering covers post partum assessment of the mother for vaginal and C/S birth; priorities in post partum discharge teaching; assessment and intervention for maternal post partum mood disorders; assessment, education, and referral for domestic violence; and counseling and caring for families with a perinatal loss.

Houston Methodist is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association, an
accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
Participants may earn 6.5 nursing continuing education contact hours by being present for the entire program and completing the online evaluation.

Mar 20, 2017 - Houston Methodist Hospital; min 10 – 100
Aug 30, 2017 – Houston Methodist Hospital; min 10 – 100


Suggested order and experience level for Fetal Monitoring Courses:
First:  FM 1 – for beginning nurses with minimal fetal monitoring experience
Second:  FM 2 – for nurses with more than 6 months of fetal monitoring experience.
Third:  AWHONN IFMC –

for clinicians with close to one year of clinical experience using fetal heart monitoring technology in an intrapartum setting.  Participants with other clinical experiences such as antepartum, postpartum, nursery or with limited intrapartum care may need additional didactic and/or clinical experience before class to gain the required knowledge base.  Participants are expected to assess their own eligibility to participate.  No screening is required.  A clinician who is uncertain should discuss their concerns with the course administrator.


Fourth:  AWHONN AFMC – for clinicians with more than one year fetal monitoring experience.
Fifth:  AWHONN Instructor Course (AWHONN IFMC-IC) – nurses who wish to become an instructor for either the IFMC or the AFMC should have at least 2 years fetal monitoring experience, must be AWHONN members and have passed the most current IFMC.


Fetal Monitoring 1 (FM 1)                                                  
Fetal Monitoring 1 is a basic fetal monitoring class designed for the nurse who is new to obstetrics.  This offering uses case studies and strip review to cover the basic concepts of Fetal Monitoring to include different methods of monitoring, FHR baseline, variability, physiology of FHR patterns and associated interventions.  This offering is best suited to audiences whose perinatal nursing experience and exposure to electronic fetal monitoring is 6 months or less and can serve as a base line review for others at any time. 

(Up to 6.75 contact Hours)  Houston Methodist is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. 
 Mar 6, 2017 - Houston Methodist Willowbrook, 1st Fl Conf Ctr: Redwood; min 10 – max 40
Apr 14, 2017 - Houston Methodist Willowbrook, 1st Fl Conf Ctr: Redwood; min 10 – max 40

Fetal Monitoring 2 (FM 2)                                                  
This offering is an extension of FM 1 and includes NICHD language review as well as FHR genesis and pathophysiology. Instructors use actual fetal monitor strips and case studies to discuss acid/base balance and its effects on the FHR, with an emphasis on abnormal FHR rhythms and arrhythmias. Legal issues surrounding nursing care in the perinatal setting is included, as well as standards of care and documentation. It is a natural progression from FM 1 and is best suited to audiences whose clinical nursing experience exceeds 6 months with more than 6 months experience using the electronic fetal monitor.  

Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association, an
accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
Participants may earn 7.8 nursing continuing education contact hours by being present for the entire program and completing the online evaluation. 

Sep 7, 2017 – MH Southwest, WT Auditorium – Min 10 – Max 50
May 11, 2017 – MH Southwest, WT Auditorium – Min 10 – Max 50

AWHONN Intermediate Fetal Monitoring Course – 2 Day Workshop (AWHONN IFMC)
This two-day workshop is offered in a standardized format that can be used as a competency assessment to validate the knowledge and skills of experienced clinicians.  Participants should have a minimum of 6 months (preferably more than one year) clinical experience using fetal heart monitoring technology in an intra-partum setting.  Participants with other clinical experiences such as antepartum, postpartum, nursery or with limited intra-partum care experience may need additional didactic and/or clinical experience before class to gain the required knowledge base.  Participants are expected to assess their own eligibility to participate.  A participant who is uncertain should discuss their concerns with the course facilitator.
Participants analyze case scenarios using key physiologic principles covered in the course.  These principles are supported by up to date information contained in the latest version of the Fetal Heart Monitoring Principles and Practices Manual, which must be read before class.  The sessions offer demonstration, practice, and testing of the following skills: auscultation, Leopold’s Maneuvers, placement of an intrauterine pressure catheter and spiral electrode, tracing interpretation, identification of indicated interventions and communication and documentation.  

(18 contact hours)  AWHONN is accredited as a provider of continuing education in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. 
AWHONN holds California BRN Provider Number CEP 00580 and Alabama #ABNP 0058. 
Feb 7 & Feb 8, 2017 - Cypress Fairbanks Hospital – Min 6 – Max 24
Apr 25 & Apr 26, 2017 - Methodist Sugarland Hospital– Min 4 – Max 24
Sep 5 & Sep 6, 2017 - The Woman’s Hospital of Texas, 7800 Fannin, RM 101 – Min 4 – Max 24
Nov 14 & Nov 15, 2017 - The Woman’s Hospital of Texas, 7800 Fannin, Rm 101 – Min 4 – Max 24

AWHONN Intermediate Fetal Monitoring Course – Instructor Course (AWHONN IFMC-IC)
Successful nurses who have completed the most current IFMC and who are AWHONN members should consider attending the AWHONN IFMC Instructor Course (IC) which trains qualified nurses to teach the IFMC.  The IC is a one-day offering that focuses on the principles of adult learning and the application of these principles to the IFMC.  Each participant is also required to present an assigned segment from the IFMC during the course.  The course also presents equipment needed and requirements for providing the IFMC. 

(8 contact hours)  AWHONN is accredited as a provider of continuing education in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. 
AWHONN holds California BRN Provider Number CEP 00580 and Alabama #ABNP 0058. 

Mar 20, 2017 – The Woman’s Hospital of Texas, 7800 Fannin, Room 107Min 2 – Max 8
Jul 24, 2017 – The Woman’s Hospital of Texas, 7800 Fannin, Room 101 - Min 2 – Max 8
Dec 5, 2017 - The Woman’s Hospital of Texas, 7800 Fannin, Room 101 – Min 2 – Max 8

AWHONN’s Advanced Fetal Monitoring Course (AWHONN AFMC)
This 1 day course is designed for the very experienced clinician and focuses on the application of advanced concepts and knowledge of fetal monitoring as they apply to complex maternal-fetal case scenarios.  The course uses lecture, analysis of case studies, and discussion to analyze fetal heart monitoring (FHM) patterns, characteristics, and related information that requires synthesis of key principles pertinent to the physiologic basis of FHM technology, tracing interpretation, intervention, and verbal/written communication skills.  Content includes fetal heart rate (FHR) assessment as a component of individualized, comprehensive care and focuses on antepartum and intra-partum FHM.  While the course builds on knowledge gained from the IFMC, prior completion of that course is not a requirement for AFMC attendance.  However, AWHONN strongly recommends completion of a basic fetal monitoring course prior to attendance.  They also recommend a review of the most current Fetal Heart Monitoring Principles and Practices Manual and the AFMC study guide before attending this course. 

(8 contact hours)  AWHONN is accredited as a provider of continuing education in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. 
AWHONN holds California BRN Provider Number CEP 00580 and Alabama #ABNP 0058. 

Apr 11, 2017 - The Woman’s Hospital of Texas, 7800 Fannin, Room 101 – Min 4 – Max 40
Aug 8, 2017 - The Woman’s Hospital of Texas, 7800 Fannin, Room 107 – Min 4 – Max 40
Oct 4, 2017 - The Woman’s Hospital of Texas, 7800 Fannin, Room 101 – Min 4 – Max 40

High Risk Maternal Care                                 
This offering covers six frequently encountered complications of pregnancy:  Diabetes, Preterm Labor, Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy, Maternal Cardiac Disease and Obstetric Hemorrhage.  Content is based on review of the current literature and includes risk factors, signs and symptoms, diagnoses, medical and nursing management, and nursing implications throughout the pregnancy continuum. 

West Houston Medical Cheter is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the California Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
Participants may earn 6 nursing continuing education contact hours by being present for the entire program and completing the on site evaluation.


Jan 12, 2017 – Memorial Hermann Greater Heights –
Min 10 – Max 100
May 4, 2017 – Memorial Hermann Greater Heights – Min 10 – Max 100
Oct 5, 2017 – Memorial Hermann Greater Heights – Min 10 – Max 100

Low Risk Maternal Care                                                     
This offering is for nurses new to obstetrics.  The program begins with a review of reproductive pathophysiology and proceeds to methods of inducing or augmenting labor, comfort measures for labor, the nurses role in Cesarean sections, VBAC’s, the use of IUPC’s and ends with discussion of legal issues, standards of care, and case studies.

There are no CE contact hours. 
Mar 8, 2017 – Houston Northwest Medical Center, Rm 1 & 2, Main Lobby – min 10 – Max 35
Aug 17, 2017 –Houston Northwest Medical Center - min 10 – Max 35
Nov 9, 2017 - Houston Northwest Medical Center - min 10 – Max 35

Normal Newborn Adaptation
This offering examines the transition of newborns to extra-uterine life.  The participant will be able to identify assessments and interventions that support the newborn’s physical, neurosensory and emotional adjustment to the birth process and list ways to promote the health of newborns and their families.  The special needs of the late preterm infant are also presented.  

Houston Methodist is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association, an
accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
Houston Methodist will provide 6.5 nursing continuing education contact hours for the Normal Newborn Adaptation Course. 

Mar 22, 2017 – MH Southwest, WT Auditorium – Min 10 – Max 140
Aug 17, 2017 – MH Southwest, WT Auditorium – Min 10 – Max 140

The Perioperative Role of the L&D Nurse
This offering is designed to familiarize novice nurses with Perioperative Guidelines as promulgated by AWHONN and to give direction in applying these guidelines in their own practice in order to provide “same standards of care” in the Perinatal Perioperative setting.  The offering will familiarize nurses with the assessment, interventions and evaluations of the Perinatal Perioperative patient, surgical principles of asepsis with interventions for preventing contamination and nursing responsibilities in the operating room, the effects of anesthesia/analgesia on both the mom and the newborn, towards improving the quality of care to every obstetric patient. 

St. Joseph Medical Center is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association, an
accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
Participants may earn 6.0 nursing continuing education contact hours by signing in prior to the beginning or the program, being present for the entire program and completing the online evaluation.


Jan 11, 2017 - St. Joseph’s Med Center, Woman’s Building, Classroom A&B - Min 10 – Max 40

April 19, 2017- St. Joseph’s Med Center, Woman’s Building, Classroom A&B - Min 10 – Max 40
Sep 20, 2017- St. Joseph’s Med Center, Woman’s Building, Classroom A&B - Min 10 – Max 40

RNC Certification Review Offerings          
These offerings are broad overviews of obstetrical nursing from antepartum through delivery, postpartum and care of the newborn.  They are designed to confirm areas of knowledge and identify areas where further study may be needed to prepare for the Inpatient Obstetric Nursing Certification Exam and the Maternal Newborn Certification Exam offered by the National Certification Corporation (NCC) and as a professional development course to expand knowledge and skills regarding current obstetrical nursing practice.  Independent study will be encouraged to optimize the lecture portion of the course.

St. Luke’s the Woodlands Hospital is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association, an
accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.  St. Luke’s the Woodlands Hospital will provide 8.25 nursing continuing education contact hours for the inpatient OB Certification Review Course. 
St. Luke’s the Woodlands Hospital is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association, an
accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.  St. Luke’s the Woodlands Hospital will provide 8.08 nursing continuing education contact hours the Maternal Newborn Certification Review Course. 
Participants must attend the entire program and complete the evaluation tool for each offering. 

Inpatient OB Certification Review
Apr 10, 2017 – Inpatient OB Cert Rev –TCH Pavilion for Women – Min 10 – Max 32
Nov 6, 2017 – Inpatient OB Cert Rev – TCH Pavilion for Women – Min 10 – Max 32

Maternal Newborn Certification Review
Apr 17, 2017 – CHI St. Luke’s Hospital at the Vintage – Min 10 – Max 50
Nov 13, 2017 – CHI St. Luke’s Hospital at the Vintage – Min 10 – Max 50

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