Basic Electronic Fetal Monitoring

PCEO Region II

Basic Electronic Fetal Monitoring

This introductory course is designed to assist individuals developing competency in fetal heart monitoring. Topics include equipment, indications for monitoring, strip interpretation, documentation and nursing interventions during antepartum and intrapartum periods. There is a hands-on component to this course.


  1. Explain the instrumentation for fetal heart and uterine activity monitoring.
  2. Demonstrate the Leopold’s maneuver to identify fetal position.
  3. Define four components of uterine contractions.
  4. Identify the components of the fetal heart rate and associated physiology.
  5. Discuss the appropriate nursing interventions for each non-reassuring fetal heart rate pattern.
  6. Relate two causes of fetal asphyxia for each of the following: uterine blood flow, placental factors, and fetal factors.
  7. Explain various methods of antepartum testing.
  8. Discuss the components of clear, concise, defensible reporting and nursing documentation.
  9. Differentiate characteristics of Category I, II, and III patterns.

Contact Hours: 5

Kettering Health is approved with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by Louisiana State Nurses Association-Approver, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This activity is jointly provided by Kettering Health & PCEO.

Faculty: AWHONN FHM Instructors

Target Audience: Anyone new to the OB field desiring formal introduction to basic electronic fetal monitoring