In 2017, clinicians have a wide variety of continuing education options ranging from one- or two-day workshops to resort-based conferences where you can combine learning with leisure!

All educational offerings have continuing education credits available, and all programs include extensive handout and reference materials.

Whether you are looking to obtain or maintain your NCC certification, sharpen your practice skills, or just update your professional knowledge base, there are choices to fit every clinician’s needs.

2017 Electronic Fetal Monitoring Advanced Concepts:
Additional NCC EFM Testing Option

This is a two-day workshop designed for clinicians who want to review their core EFM knowledge and/or clinicians planning to take the National Certification Corporation’s (NCC) exam for a Certificate of Added Qualification in Electronic Fetal Monitoring.

Attendees will have the option of sitting the NCC exam on the afternoon of day two of the program at a special discounted rate through registration with the NCC.

The program provides a review of the physiologic principles underlying fetal heart rate monitoring, NICHD terminology, FHR Categories, tracing interpretation and management, and antenatal testing on day one.

On day two of the program, a morning workshop reinforces the previously taught material through a hands-on EFM tracing practicum and a practice exam under simulated testing conditions. This class provides a great opportunity for a comprehensive review of EFM, with or without the addition of sitting the NCC exam.

This program will be offered in several cities in 2017. For details and registration, please visit Professional Education Center.

2017 Advanced Fetal Monitoring:
Nurses, Midwives & Physicians: An Evidence and Consensus-Based Approach

Join me for a two-day advanced workshop on EFM, based on NICHD terminology and ACOG, AWHONN, and ACNM standards.

Learn to apply the Miller Model of EFM Management. A collaborative effort of Dr. David Miller and myself, this is a standardized, evidence- and consensus-based approach to EFM interpretation and management that can be applied by nurses, physicians, and midwives as part of a multidisciplinary approach to EFM. This program changes every year, focusing on different “hot topics” in EFM and the latest in EFM literature.

Clinical focus points for 2017 include an in-depth look at the science and legal issues regarding uterine activity, labor support, and oxytocin use. Day one will provide a detailed review of the expert consensus statement regarding category II tracing management and associated physiology, while day two provides a focus on medico-legal issues using actual FHR case studies. Each workshop also includes an FHR tracing practicum, where participants work together in small groups to apply NICHD nomenclature and principles of interpretation to real-life EFM tracings. Documentation issues related to EFM are always addressed, so bring all your questions to class where you can “ask the expert!”

This program will be offered in a variety of cities in 2017. For details and registration, please visit Professional Education Center.

18th Annual National Conference on Fetal Monitoring, April 20-22, in Las Vegas, NV

I will join co-author Dr. David A. Miller as well as high-risk expert Suzanne McMurtry Baird for an information packed three-day EFM intensive, covering a wide variety of current topics. Attorney Jay Kelley returns to join faculty for the “Medico-Legal Sessions” where clinicians can learn to think like a lawyer when it comes to documentation and liability. And new this year, we have a clinical panel that will share their experience with team training and communication. Join us for the 18th year in Las Vegas, at Bally’s Las Vegas.

Information and registration is available at Symposia Medicus.

2017 Annual AWHONN Convention: New Orleans, Louisiana – June 24-28

Let the good times roll at AWHONN’s annual convention in New Orleans! I look forward to seeing many of you this year in the Crescent City where learning and networking opportunities will be phenomenal. Join me Sunday, June 12, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. when I will be presenting a special half-day pre-conference titled “Legal Issues in Perinatal Nursing.” The pre-conference will cover a wide variety of legal issues, and we’ll look at a number of interesting cases and clarify best strategies for both avoiding liability and defending reasonable care. Bring all your legal and risk management questions, and learn to safeguard your practice.

I will also be presenting a session on practice “facts versus fiction” with my AWHONN BOD colleague Cyndy Krening, and providing a general session on defending your practice with information every nurse should know about being actively involved when faced with litigation.

For information and registration, please visit AWHONN.

Be sure to check back this December for 2018 course information!

Lisa is co-author of "8th Edition of Mosby’s Pocket Guide to Fetal Monitoring: A Multidisciplinary Approach." This portable, practical guide provides a multidisciplinary, evidence-based approach to fetal monitoring that’s ideal for use in the clinical environment.
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