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Inpatient Obstetric Nursing Exam Review

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Course Description

Presented in lecture format, this course reviews topics for the National Certification Corporation (NCC) Inpatient Obstetric Nursing Exam. Elements of the exam will be discussed, followed by a review of the content. The major components include disease processes during pregnancy, fetal evaluation, application of fetal monitoring for the laboring client and postpartum and neonatal assessments. Practice questions will enable the participant to increase confidence and experience with test content.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Describe the Inpatient Obstetric Nursing Exam, test plan and the practice requirements to sit for the exam.
  • Construct a study plan for the exam based on understanding the blueprint and domains of practice covered.
  • Identify common mistakes and pitfalls that are made during studying and testing for the exam.
  • Recall the core components covered in the exam through didactic supplementation and test questions. 


Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. Each day includes a one-hour lunch (on your own), as well as a morning and afternoon break of 15 minutes each. The order of lectures presented and break times may vary according to speaker preference.

Day 1, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Understanding the NCC Examination
    Preparing for the Exam | Reference Review
  • Disease Processes
    Hypertension | Diabetes | Cardiac Disease | Pulmonary Disease | Infectious Disease | Hematological Disorders | Urinary & Renal Disease | GI Disease | Autoimmune Disorders
  • Pregnancy Risk
    Teratogens | Substance Abuse | Domestic Violence | Obesity
  • Antepartum Assessment
    Ultrasound | Non-Stress Testing | Contraction Stress Testing | Biophysical Profile | Fetal Movement Counting | Fetal Lung Maturity | Amniocentesis | Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS) | Cordocentesis | Genetic Screening
  • Electronic and Non-Electronic Fetal Monitoring
    Fetal Heart Rate Assessment | Acid-Base Assessment
  • Physiology of Labor and Labor Management
    Uteroplacental Physiology | Theories on Labor Inititiation | General Labor Assessment | Stages of Labor

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Obstetrical Procedures
    Version | Episiotomy | Forceps and Vacuum Extraction 
  • Obstetric Complications
    Dysfunctional Labor | Dystocia | Amniotic Fluid | Placental Problems | Preterm Labor | Multiple Gestation | Prolonged and Postterm Pregnancy | Obesity and Bariatric Surgery
  • Postpartum
    Physiologic Changes | Complications | Family Adaptation | Lactation
  • Newborn
    Adaptation to Extrauterine Life | Resuscitation | Gestational Age Assessment | Pathophysiology, Assessment of Newborn Disorders | Congenital Anomalies | Routine Care & Screening | Late Preterm Infant | Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
  • Professional Issues
    Patient Safety | Safe Staffing | Legal Issues | Nursing Ethics | Nursing Research | Evidence-Based Practice | Quality Improvement
  • Practice Testing