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Core Curriculum for Maternal-Newborn Nursing, 4th Edition
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Core Curriculum for Maternal-Newborn Nursing, 4th Edition

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Using an outcomes-based, contemporary approach, AWHONN's Core Curriculum for Maternal-Newborn Nursing, 4th Edition provides essential knowledge for care through every stage of pregnancy and childbirth. It is also the definitive resource in preparing for the AWHONN certification examination. A concise, outline format covers concepts of reproduction, fetal development, normal pregnancy, the intrapartum and postpartum periods, the normal newborn, complications in the mother and the newborn, and ethical and legal issues. Edited by two well-respected authors, Susan Mattson, RNC, CTN, PhD, FAAN, and Judy Smith, PhD, RNP-C, this is the only book that includes AWHONN-endorsed content for the practice of maternal-newborn nursing!

  • A bulleted, outline format provides quick review and reference on the management of pregnant women and their newborns through all stages of care.
  • AWHONN-endorsed content makes this the definitive resource in preparing for current practice and for AWHONN specialty nursing certification exams.
  • Case studies and review questions reflect the realities of practice and help you prepare for certification exams.
  • Coverage of outpatient and inpatient care includes families, ethics, legal issues, research, case management, genetics and genetic counseling, and the transition to home and parenthood.
  • New evidence-based practice content includes the latest research and best practice standards for maternal-newborn patient care.
  • New National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD) terminology fosters interdisciplinary communication and ensures greater accuracy and precision.
  • New patient safety and risk management strategies help in improving outcomes, reducing complications, and increasing patient safety.
  • New information on the latest assessment and monitoring devices describes new applications of technology and the resulting benefits to patient care.

Section I: Reproduction: Fetal and Placental Development

1. Reproductive Anatomy, Physiology, and the Menstrual Cycle

2. Genetics

3. Fetal and Placental Development and Functioning

Section II: Normal Pregnancy

4. Ethnocultural Considerations in the Childbearing Period

5. Physiology of Pregnancy

6. Psychology of Pregnancy

Section III: Maternal-Fetal Well-being

7. Age-Related Concerns

8. Antepartum Fetal Assessment

9. Environmental Hazards

Section IV: Intrapartum Period

10. Essential Forces and Factors in Labor

11. Normal Childbirth

12. Intrapartum Fetal Assessment

Section V: Postpartum Period

13. Physical and Psychologic Changes

14. Breastfeeding

15. Contraception

Section VI: The Newborn

16. Transitional Care of the Newborn

17. The Newborn at Risk

Section VII: Complications of Childbearing

18. Intimate Partner Violence

19. Hypertensive Disorders in Pregnancy

20. Maternal Infections

21. Hemorrhagic Disorders

22. Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders

23. Trauma in Pregnancy

24. Surgery in Pregnancy

25. Substance Abuse in Pregnancy

26. Other Medical Complications

27. Labor and Delivery at Risk

28. Postpartum Complications

Section VIII: Ethics and Issues

29. Ethics

AWHONN, Susan Mattson, RNC-OB, CTN, PhD, FAAN, Professor Emerita, College of Nursing and Healthcare Innovation, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ and Judy E. Smith, PhD, RNC-WHNP, Professor, School of Nursing, California State University-Long Beach, Long Beach, CA

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