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AWHONN Advanced Fetal Monitoring

AWHONN Promoting the Health of Women and Newborns

Speaker: Juli Weaver RN MSN, EFM-C, AWHONN Instructor Trainer

The Advanced Fetal Monitoring Course is a one-day course that expands on the knowledge and principles that were presented in the Intermediate Fetal Monitoring Course and covers more complex concepts. This course uses a case study approach focusing on the analysis of complicated FHM patterns and characteristics with related case information and includes an optional online test at the conclusion of the day. It is presented in a standardized format that can be used as an educational assessment to validate the knowledge and skills of experienced clinicians. The course emphasizes the following:
  • Maternal–fetal physiology related to complex FHR tracings
  • Instrumentation
  • Interpretation
  • Intervention
  • Verbal and written communication skills
  • Risk-management principles
While attendance at the Intermediate Fetal Monitoring Course is not a mandatory prerequisite to attending the Advanced Fetal Monitoring Course, the AWHONN Fetal Heart Monitoring educational learning pathway recommends progression from the Intermediate to the Advanced Fetal Monitoring Course. The Advanced Course is designed for clinicians with at least one year of intrapartum clinical experience. Individuals are expected to assess their own eligibility to participate in the course and should seek counsel and guidance from the Instructor as needed. The Instructor may deny the participant attendance at an Advanced Fetal Monitoring Course if he or she determines the participant does not have the requisite appropriate level of knowledge and skill.

Course Objectives:
  • Describe physiologic principles of maternal and fetal oxygen transfer as they apply to principles of fetal heart monitoring.
  • Recognize fetal cardiac arrhythmia patterns and describe potential outcomes associated with these patterns.
  • Analyze complex case studies and tracings utilizing standardized terminology.
  • Apply perinatal risk management principles, communication techniques and documentation strategies to complex and challenging patient care scenarios.
Continuing Education Credit: Participants who attend the full day of the course are awarded eight (8) hours of continuing nursing education (CNE) credit or six (6) hours of continuing medical education (CME) credit. The course includes an optional posttest with 80% being the requirement for successful completion.

PLEASE NOTE: Study materials are to be purchased separately by participant. Contact Kendall/Hunt at (800) 338-8290 or email at A current course validation number is required when ordering the Advanced Course Student packet. Participants will not be allowed into the class without a new Advanced Course Student packet. Please allow two weeks for delivery.

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