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Perinatal Education Program

Joint Program of the Colleges of Nursing and Medicine

Program offerings

Conferences and seminars are planned in consultation with associations, facilities or Health Regions that have identified needs in perinatal care.

Fetal Health Surveillance

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The Fetal Health Surveillance (FHS) course is designed to provide an evidence-based approach to the fundamental concepts of knowledge in fetal health surveillance and complements the SOGC Fetal Health Surveillance: Antepartum and Intrapartum Consensus Guideline (2007).  The one-day interdisciplinary workshop provides an overview of the SOGC guidelines for Antepartum and Intrapartum assessments, with the main focus on the two major modes of FHS during labour, intermittent auscultation (IA) and electronic fetal monitoring (EFM).

Topics include fetal heart assessment using intermittent auscultation and electronic FHR monitoring, assessing uterine activity, interpretation of the EFM tracing, appropriate interventions and verbal communication and written documentation. Practice exercises and case studies provide an interactive learning environment.  The course includes the Fundamentals of Fetal Health Surveillance: A Self-Learning Manual produced by the Canadian Perinatal Program Coalition, Canada and is endorsed by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada, the Canadian Association of Midwives and the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

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Best Practices in Intrapartum Care Workshop

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Best Practices in Intrapartum Care is a two day workshop for nurses and midwives whose current clinical practice includes the care of labouring women. Presented by a multidisciplinary faculty, participants review maternal assessment in labour, comfort measures and supportive care, management of labour, the unexpected delivery, shoulder dystocia and other obstetric emergencies. Participants have an opportunity to discuss guidelines for clinical practice and legal issues in perinatal care. The workshop also provides participants with small group sessions that use a 'hands-on' approach to facilitate learning.

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Women's and Children's Health (Annual Nursing POGO Conference)

This two-day nursing workshop presented by the Perinatal Education Program provides an update in pediatrics, maternal-newborn and women's health care. The conference is held each year in March in either Regina or Saskatoon. 

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S.T.A.B.L.E. Transport Education Program

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This is a 1 3/4 day workshop for caregivers providing post-resuscitation and pre-transport care to sick newborns. The goal of the program is to provide a concise guideline of neonatal pre-transport stabilization activities to be employed by community hospital caregivers in a format that optimizes retention and recall. Caregivers learn to anticipate, promptly recognize and effectively manage newborn problems. Included in the workshop are sessions on physical and gestational age assessment of the newborn. Completion or review of the NRP course is recommended prior to attending the S.T.A.B.L.E. program. Includes S.T.A.B.L.E. manual.

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Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP)

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The National goal of NRP is to have a trained person capable of performing a complete and competent resuscitation at every birth. It is recommended that health care professionals who provide care for infants at birth and during the neonatal period, such as physicians, nurses, midwives, registered respiratory therapists and paramedics complete the Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP).

The Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) introduces the concepts and basic skills of neonatal resuscitation in a simulated environment. Successful completion of the course does not guarantee that the learner is capable of resuscitation on actual newborns, but lays the foundation of knowledge and skills to build increasing resuscitation proficiency.

NRP is designed in 9 lessons that allow participants to complete the program to the level of their position of responsibility in a newborn resuscitation. Participants who complete the course successfully receive a course completion card issued by the Canadian Pediatric Society (CPS) which is recognized throughout North America. It is recommended that providers update their skills by taking the Provider course 2 years depending on their level of experience, frequency of use of resuscitation skills and in adherence to specific requirements established by institutions or regulatory bodies. Course completion is recognized throughout North America. Completion of an NRP course does not mean that an individual is competent to perform neonatal resuscitation.

NRP is administered in Canada by the Canadian Pediatric Society and the Canadian NRP Steering Committee. The Perinatal Education Program provides direction for NRP in Saskatchewan which includes an NRP Provincial Advisory Committee and through representation on the National NRP Steering Committee.  The Perinatal program offers support to NRP Instructors through annual courses for new Instructors and updates for existing Instructors..

Provider Course Description

Pre-study of the 6th ed. “Textbook of Neonatal Resuscitation” and completion of the on-line exam is required prior to participation in the “Face to Face” course.The Provider course includes opportunities to learn cognitive, technical and behavioral skills of neonatal resuscitation focusing in on a team based approach to best practice. Skills stations provide opportunities to build skills in the technical aspects of NRP, and the “Integrated Skills Station” with inclusive Megacode assesses the ability of individual participants to apply the skills to a specific clinical scenario. An essential component of the course is the team-based simulation and video assisted debriefing that facilitates team learning.

NRP Materials

The Neonatal Resuscitation program (NRP) course uses the 2011 6th edition of the "Textbook of Neonatal Resuscitation" as the required manual. Please see below for information on purchasing the manual.

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Information about the online exam can be found at http://www.cps.ca/en/nrp-prn/online-examination. The exam must be completed in the thirty days prior to attendance at the face-to-face course; please do not take the exam until you have confirmed your registration in a Provider course.

Other resources, such as Canadian Addendum and Canadian Medication Table can be found at www.cps.ca/en/nrp-prn/provider-resources.

Additional materials such as wall posters, code cards, pocket cards and NRP educational videos are also available from the Canadian Pediatric Society

Instructor and Instructor Update Courses

Yearly instructor courses are provided in April of each year to keep NRP instructors updated and to train new instructors. Instructors from the disciplines of nursing medicine, midwifery and respiratory therapy offer training programs at the Provider level. Participants receive an NRP Instructor registration card from the Canadian Pediatric Society.

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Ground Rounds

Obstetrics & Gynecology Grand Rounds is a free 1-hour lecture event held on the first Friday of each month during the academic year (September - June). The topics covered during these lectures focus on issues, controversies, and research in the area of Obstetrics & Gynecology, but occasionally include topics from related issues such as cancer, anesthesia, surgery, midwifery and breastfeeding. The events are held at the Royal University Hospital in the East Lecture Theatre and are broadcast out to Telehealth Sites throughout the province.

Please remember to sign in when you attend the event to ensure you can receive recognition for attending the event and study credits (when applicable).
This event is an accredited group learning activity as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (MOC Program).  It is approved for 1 hour of MAINPRO-M1 Study Credits on behalf of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (Saskatchewan Chapter).  Continuing Professional Learning documents attendance and a summary for the year is normally mailed out each July.

All speakers are asked to fill out a disclosure form and to disclose to the audience any real or apparent conflict(s) of interest in the context of the subject matter of their presentation.

Brief evaluations forms are available to participants following the presentation: your input is appreciated and helps with future planning and quality of the event. Please fill out your evaluation and return it in person at the event. You can also mail to Continuing Professional Learning, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Box 60001, RPO University, Saskatoon, SK, S7N 4J8, or submit by fax to (306) 966-7673.

For information on upcoming Grand Rounds see the table below for this year's academic year. Posters detailing the events are available as pdfs when the title, objectives and other particulars of the event are finalized.

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Other Activites

Program coordinators assist with planning and providing regional and local workshops upon request to provide education to meet identified needs, including: Perinatal Loss, Breastfeeding, Perinatal Updates and Newborn Care.  Coordinators provide information and consultation to individuals and groups regarding standards and best practice guidelines in Perinatal Care.  The Saskatoon office has an extensive lending library of resource books, clinical practice guidelines and audiovisual materials. Equipment loans are provided to NRP Instructors for a nominal fee.

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