A Comprehensive Fetal Monitoring Program for Nursing Practice and Education



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    1. Susan D. Guild is a clinical nurse specialist in obstetrics and gynecology at Strong Memorial Hospital, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY, and was chairperson of the Fetal Monitoring Task Force for obstetric/gynecologic nursing. Ms. Guild is a member of AWHONN.
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Address for correspondence: Susan D. Guild, RN, MS, Obstetric/Gynecologic Clinical Nurse Specialist, Strong Memorial Hospital, 601 Elmwood Ave., Box 619-12, Rochester. NY 14642.


Fetal monitoring is a critical part of obstetric nursing. Health-care institutions must educate stag validate their competency, and evaluate their practice to assure high-quality care in fetal monitoring. This article chronicles the development of a comprehensive program for nursing education and practice in fetal monitoring. Basic education and credentialing, recredentialing, in-service and continuing education, policies and procedures, standards of care, terminology, quality assurance, and linkage with a professional advancement system are reviewed.