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NSPN 7250 - Fetal Health Surveillance

Nursing Specialty Perinatal Part-time Studies Course

School of Health Sciences

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Course Details

The Fetal Health Surveillance (FHS) course introduces learners to the principles of antenatal and intrapartum fetal health surveillance. This course reviews the research concerning fetal surveillance and principles of fetal/maternal physiology as well as their relevance to antenatal and intrapartum methods of surveillance. Acid/base balance, team communication, and documentation are also explored. The course was developed based on the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC) and Perinatal Services of British Columbia (PSBS) FHS guidelines. Perinatal specialty students should take NSPN 7100 prior to taking this course. NSPN 7250 is a prerequisite for NSPN 7200 and NSPN 7300, Perinatal Clinical 1 and NSPN 7500, Perinatal Clinical 2.

Credits

1.0

Cost

$326.97

Fall 2021

Below are two offerings of this course for the Fall 2021 term.

CRN 35583

Thu Dec 09 - Fri Dec 10 2 Days

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Dec 09 - Dec 10 Thu/Fri 08:00 - 15:00 Online

Instructor

Amanda Kelloway

Course Outline

Cost

$326.97

Notes

  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. Departmental approval needed
  3. This is a 2 day online virtual class due to COVID-19. This course requires program approval. Course materials will be accessible via the BCIT Learning Hub. Students will receive a course information email approximately 1 month prior to the course date. Please review important course preparation instructions in the email following registration. Please contact the Program Assistant at epeters14@bcit.ca for approval to register. Please note that this course is reserved for students taking NSPN 7200 in the next term. If this does not apply to you, please ensure your email details why you are applying.
  4. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.

CRN 48707

Thu Dec 09 - Fri Dec 10 0 Days

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Dec 09 - Dec 10 Online

Instructor

Amanda Kelloway

Course Outline

Cost

Unknown

Notes

  1. This section is for HA sponsored students.
  2. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.

Online registration for this course offering is not available. However, you can still register via phone, mail or in person.

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Learning Outcomes

As licensed health care practitioners, all learners will practice in accordance with professional standards of practice throughout the course. In this course, learners will have opportunities to use the processes of critical thinking, systematic inquiry, communication, collaboration, leadership and professionalism. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Discuss key evidence related to the various antepartum and intrapartum fetal health surveillance methods including supportive care in labour.
  • Describe the physiological (intrinsic/extrinsic) controls on the fetal heart rate (FHR) including the basic principles of maternal/fetal circulation physiology.
  • Identify the characteristics of fetal behavioural states and cardiovascular responses at differing gestational ages and during labour.
  • Identify the antenatal and intrapartum conditions associated with an increased risk for adverse fetal outcomes.
  • Identify factors that may adversely affect fetal acid/base balance and the changes that result from an academic insult.
  • Interpret blood gas results and distinguish between respiratory, metabolic, and mixed acidosis.
  • Describe the indications, procedure, frequency, and benefits of using intermittent auscultation (IA) as a method of fetal health surveillance.
  • Describe the appropriate interpretation of IA and the clinical management for prevention and/or correction of abnormal IA findings.
  • Describe the two EFM methods and the instrumentation used for monitoring uterine activity and FHR.
  • Define the components of a systematic interpretation of the EFM tracing
  • Identify normal, atypical, and abnormal parameters of an intrapartum EFM tracing and classify accordingly.
  • Identify normal, atypical and abnormal parameters of a NST and classify accordingly.
  • Describe the procedure, teaching, interpretation and follow-up for fetal movement counting (FMC) and the non-stress test (NST).
  • Describe the key principles of verbal communication and written documentation related to fetal health surveillance .

Effective as of Fall 2019

Related Programs

NSPN 7250 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Health Sciences

  1. Perinatal Nursing Specialty (Perinatal - Perioperative Option)
    Part-time/Distance & Online Learning   Advanced Certificate
  2. Perinatal Nursing Specialty (Standard Option)
    Part-time/Distance & Online Learning   Advanced Certificate
  3. Specialty Nursing (Perinatal - Perioperative Option)
    Part-time/Distance & Online Learning   Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  4. Specialty Nursing (Perinatal - Standard Option)
    Part-time/Distance & Online Learning   Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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