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Maternal Newborn Nursing Exam Review

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Course Description

Presented in lecture format, this course reviews topics for the Maternal Newborn Nursing Exam by the National Certification Corporation (NCC). Elements of the examination are discussed, followed by a review of the content. The major components include disease processes during pregnancy, maternal and fetal complications, postpartum and neonatal assessments. Practice questions are integrated throughout the presentation.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Describe the Maternal Newborn 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
    Exam Review | Taking the Exam | Reference Review
  • Pregnancy, Birth Risk Factors and Complications 
    Antenatal Factors
  • Antepartum Risk Factors and Complications
    Hypertension | Diabetes | Cardiac Disease | Common Bacterial and Viral Infections | Anemia Deficiency and Folic Acid | Substance Abuse | Preterm Labor | Multiple Gestation
  • Fetal Assessment
    Ultrasound | Non-Stress Test | Biophysical Profile | Maternal Screenings
  • Factors Affecting Maternal/Neonatal Outcomes: Intrapartum Factors
    Significance of Fetal Heart Rate Patterns | Regional Anesthesia | Complications of Labor | Cord Gas
  • Maternal Postpartum Assessment, Management and Education
    Physiologic Changes | Physical Assessment | Nursing Care

Day 2, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

  • Maternal Postpartum Assessment, Management and Education (cont.)
    Physiological Changes | Physical Assessment | Nursing Care
  • Lactation
    Anatomy and Physiology | Hormonal Influences | Breastmilk Composition | Breastfeeding Complications | Newborn Feeding and Nutrition
  • Psychosocial and Ethical Issues
    Normal Parent/Infant Interactions | Perinatal Grief | Ethical Principles
  • Maternal Postpartum Complications
    Hematologic | Infection
  • Newborn Assessment and Management
    Transition to Extrauterine Life | Physical Assessment and Gestational Age Assessment | Newborn Complications