Woodland Heights offers specialty training to nurses
Houston County Courier
LUFKIN - Recently, the nurses in the Women's Services department at Woodland Heights Medical Center received special training from a couple of specialty nurses from The Women's Hospital of Texas in Houston. The two educators traveled from Houston to teach an AWHONN (Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nursing) fetal monitoring class for the Labor and Delivery and Postpartum nursing staff. "Nursing is ever-changing and we want to make it easy for our nurses to stay well-informed of new information," said Lisa Miller, Nursing Director of Women's Services and Post- Surgical Care at Woodland Heights. This course is designed to help standardize language, increase and validate the knowledge and competency of our staff using fetal heart monitoring technology in the women's health care setting. The participants of the class have a full day of lecture learning to analyze the most up-to-date information about fetal heart monitoring principles and practices. This class allows the staff to learn the theory and physiology behind normal and abnormal fetal heart rate patterns and corrective actions to take for abnormal tracings. The second day of the class focuses on skills and acknowledges the competency of the staff to perform assessment and interventions to assure the safe delivery for the mom and newborn. The Women's Services department also offers free bi-monthly prenatal education and breastfeeding classes for expectant moms.