Disciplines: Occupational Therapy
Hours: 2 Contact Hours
Author(s): Anita Carroll, RN, MSN, Ed
Peer Reviewer(s): Maureen Shogan, MN, RNC
Item#: I6316
1 Course Book (36 pages)

Drug Abuse During Pregnancy: The Impact on the Fetus and Infant

Price $24.95
Item # I6316
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Perinatal drug abuse is a significant problem in the United States. This basic-level course presents an overview of the types of addictive drugs used by pregnant women the effects of those drugs on the fetus newborn and breastfeeding infants; and the assessment and care of newborns suspected of drug exposure. Substances addressed include stimulants opiates marijuana PCP nicotine inhalants and sedative-hypnotics. This is an excellent course for healthcare professionals who work with pregnant women and/or newborns in hospitals health clinics mental health agencies and other medical settings.

AOTA Content Focus - OT Domain: Client Factors

Course Objectives
  • Identify the magnitude of drug use during pregnancy in the United States.
  • Describe the types of addictive drugs used by pregnant women.
  • Describe the possible effects addictive drugs have on the fetus newborn and breast-feeding infant.
  • Describe appropriate assessment of a newborn suspected of maternal drug exposure.
  • Describe appropriate initial and ongoing care of a newborn with drug exposure.
  • Describe specific considerations for the drug-exposed newborn's parent or caretaker.
Anita Carroll, RN, MSN, EdD, has taught all levels of professional nursing for over 30 years. She currently teaches in the bachelor of science in nursing program at West Texas A&M University in Canyon Texas. She has taught courses in maternal-newborn health neonatal health pharmacology management and fundamentals. She has also helped develop master's level tracks and courses for neonatal clinical nurse specialists and nursing education. She was a childbirth educator for 10 years and implemented a March of Dimes grant. She has presented more than 120 programs in maternal-newborn nursing to community hospitals and has certified numerous nurses as neonatal cardiopulmonary resuscitation providers and instructors. She received the Texas Nurse of the Year Award from the Texas Nurses Association in 1996 as well as many other teaching awards throughout her career.
Maureen Shogan, MN, RNC is the neonatal clinical nurse specialist for a 46-bed neonatal intensive care unit at Deaconess Medical Center in Spokane, WA. She has worked with newborns exposed to drugs for more than 25 years. She also worked with pregnant and addicted moms on an inpatient chemical dependency unit in a consultant role for 10 years. She has served on several editorial boards and has been published in revered nursing journals. She was instrumental in developing and refining the Washington State Department of Health guide “Substance Abuse During Pregnancy: Guidelines for Screening” for state health care providers. She has presented daylong workshops on “The Effects of Maternal Drug Use on the Newborn” since 1992. She is internationally known as a dynamic, witty speaker on numerous neonatal critical care topics.
  • Courses must be completed within one (1) year of the date of purchase.
  • 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.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • 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.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.

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