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Methodist Women's Hospital Outreach Program

Beyond caring for high-risk pregnancies and preterm infants, Methodist Women's Hospital is leading a region-wide effort to improve pregnancy outcomes, reduce premature birth and encourage healthy birth weight.
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Education programs can be tailored to your needs and presented in your community by request.

The mission of the Methodist Women's Hospital Outreach Department is to ensure healthy pregnancies through the expertise of neonatal and maternal-fetal medicine specialists while helping referring physicians continue caring for high-risk patients in their communities. 

Should a higher level of care be necessary, our facility – the first in the state to receive The Joint Commission's Perinatal Care Certification – is home to the region's most experienced maternal-fetal medicine team, an eight-bed inpatient high-risk obstetrical unit, and a 51-bed level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for newborns requiring specialized care. 

Goals

  • To assist community hospital staff and physicians in providing the best possible care and keep as many obstetrical patients as possible in their communities.
  • To provide antepartum testing consultation to physicians and their patients in their own community.
  • To facilitate immediate access to a second opinion whenever a disturbing or confusing fetal heart rate or uterine contraction pattern arises on a patient in labor.
  • To increase physician and nurse use of resources through education and information.
  • To assist community hospital physicians and nurses in identifying those patients who need consultation or transfer and to accomplish this at the earliest time possible.

Outreach Program Staff

Get to know the Methodist Women's Hospital Outreach Program team members and their roles.

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Programs Offered Through Methodist Women's Hospital

Course Registration

Review course summaries, learn about specialty programming and register for courses online by selecting Women's Health in the TOPIC drop-down menu of the Nebraska Methodist College Professional Development website.

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  • The Preceptee Program at Methodist Women’s Hospital is a three-day opportunity for Labor and Delivery nurses who are seeking experience, knowledge and skills to spend time on our unit. We offer an initial assessment to gauge the nurse’s skills and experience and then provide experiences in our unit. A post assessment is then provided to their OB manager.

    For more information, please contact Methodist Women’s Hospital Outreach at (402) 815-1895.

    This two-day program is designed for newer nurses or those who see fewer deliveries in a smaller hospital settings and work with postpartum moms and newborns. The purpose of this course is to provide a forum that increases knowledge related to nursing care of postpartum moms and newborns. Topics include postpartum norms and complications, postpartum psychosocial concerns, newborn assessments, newborn complications and more.

    Objectives

    • Discuss immediate post-birth care

    • Identify abnormal findings in postpartum women and management techniques

    • Identify abnormal findings in the newborn and management techniques

    • Distinguish postpartum psychosocial changes

    This program is for newer NICU nurses or those who have minimal NICU admissions, and/or are working in a Level II NICU hospital setting. The purpose of this course is to provide a forum that increases knowledge related to nursing care of term and pre-term babies. Topics include pre-term infant nutrition and feedings, thermoregulation, postpartum psychosocial concerns, newborn assessments, newborn complications and more

    Objectives

    • Identify the importance of a neutral-thermal environment

    • Identify feeding cues of newborns

    • Discuss abnormal findings in the newborn and management techniques

    • Distinguish postpartum psychosocial changes

    • Describe developmental care in the NICU

    This course provides a forum that increases knowledge related to nursing care of the obstetrical patient. This course will cover topics including labor progress, assessments of laboring women, common complications in labor and delivery and much more.

    Objectives

    • Review the nursing assessment of labor patients

    • Review stages and phases of labor

    • Demonstrate common obstetric assessment skills and assessments using models and simulation

    • Review the use of internal fetal and uterine monitors

    • Discuss nursing care of common complications in labor and delivery

    • Describe the nurse’s role in the assessment and management of preterm labor patients

    This program will provide information about the safe nursing care of women receiving cervical ripening and/or induction and augmentation of labor.

    Objectives

    • Identify the nurse's role in providing care during cervical ripening and induction/augmentation of labor

    • Explore the induction of labor including methods, definitions, indications and contraindications, risks, informed consent, and assessments prior to induction

    • Describe the physiology of uterine contractions

    • Review the pharmacological properties of prostaglandins and oxytocin

    • Compare/contrast methods used for cervical ripening

    • Explain the procedure for administration of oxytocin for augmentation/induction

    This program is offered the day prior to the Labor and Delivery Fellowship program and is for novice health professionals working with obstetric patients. It provides the basic principles and concepts in the physiology of fetal monitoring through documentation.

    Objectives

    • Describe the transfer of oxygen from the environment to the fetus

    • Identify the fetal response to interrupted oxygen transfer

    • Discuss instrumentation for fetal heart rate and uterine activity monitoring.

    • Identify fetal heart rate patterns using the NICHD criteria.

    • Identify nursing interventions to respond to changes in fetal heart rate patterns

    This program is offered the day prior to the Maternal Newborn Fellowship program. Its purpose is to lay the foundation for new nurses to best support breastfeeding mothers and promote a successful breastfeeding experience. Topics include breastfeeding strategies and support, and troubleshooting breastfeeding complications.

    The purpose of this program is to provide interdisciplinary education for bedside clinicians to assist patients and families experiencing perinatal loss or the loss of a newborn.

    Objectives

    • Assess the grief process and individual responses related to perinatal loss and/or the loss of a newborn

    • Describe the needs of the caregiver and resources to avoid compassion fatigue

    • Identify resources and apply protocols or guidelines to provide individualized care of the patient and family experiencing perinatal loss or newborn loss

    This program is designed to allow the learner to self-report increased knowledge related to birth trauma and its impact on the perinatal period and development of PTSD in new mothers.

    Objectives

    • Discuss the impact of birth trauma on the development of PTSD in new mothers

    • Discover clinical presentation and diagnosis of PTSD in new mothers

    • Identify prevention and treatment options for PTSD

Physician Priority Line

Methodist Hospital Perinatal Center (Phone)

Methodist Hospital Perinatal Center (Fax)

Outreach Office (Phone)

Outreach Office (Fax)