Disciplines: Nursing
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
(1 pharm hour)
Author(s): Kim Maryniak, RNC-NIC, BN, MSN
Peer Reviewer(s): Maureen Gordon Shogan, MN, RNC
Item#: N1577
Contents: 1 Course Book (44 pages)
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Fetal and Neonatal Drug Exposure, 2nd Edition

Price $19.95
Item # N1577
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Expiration Date: March 31, 2017

Fetal and neonatal drug exposure continues to be a significant problem in the United States. This course will provide nurses with a knowledge base to care for pregnant women in antenatal, intrapartum, and postpartum areas, and also information on newborns who have been exposed to opiates, stimulants, marijuana, phencyclidine (PCP), nicotine, inhalants, or sedative-hypnotics in utero.


Course Objectives

  • Identify the magnitude of drug use during pregnancy in the United States.
  • Describe the types of addictive drugs used by pregnant women.
  • Discuss the possible effects that prenatal use of addictive drugs have on the fetus, newborn, and breast-feeding infant.
  • Describe appropriate assessment of a newborn suspected of prenatal drug exposure.
  • Describe appropriate initial and ongoing care of a newborn with prenatal drug exposure.
  • Discuss specific considerations for the drug-exposed newborn’s parent or caretaker.
Kim Maryniak, RNC-NIC, BN, MSN, has more than 23 years of staff nurse and charge nurse experience with medical/surgical, psychiatry, and pediatrics – including 13 years in neonatal intensive care. She has been an educator, instructor, and nursing director.
Kim graduated with a nursing diploma from Foothills Hospital School of Nursing in Calgary, Alberta, in 1989. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing through Athabasca University, Alberta, in 2000, and her master of science in Nursing through the University of Phoenix in 2005. Kim is certified in neonatal intensive care nursing and is currently pursuing her PhD in nursing. She is active in the National Association of Neonatal Nurses and American Nurses Association, and is a hospital-based instructor for the Neonatal Resuscitation Program.
Maureen Gordon Shogan, MN, RNC, received her BSN from Gonzaga University and MN from Washington State University. She has 40 years of clinical experience and a passion for caring for infants and families. She practices as a neonatal clinical nurse specialist at Deaconess Medical Center in Spokane, Washington. She holds certifications from the Neonatal Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program and the Neonatal Resuscitation Program – American Heart Association and American Academy of Pediatrics. Currently, she is a member of the Washington State Perinatal Collaborative and the Washington State Department of Health Perinatal Advisory Committee.
  • Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from date of purchase or through the expiration date indicated above, whichever date comes first.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.