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  • Learn how to detect patients at risk of preterm birth.
  • Obtain nursing education credits through the March of Dimes.
  • Participate in our grand rounds, conferences and seminars.
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Continuing education: The S.T.A.B.L.E. program

The S.T.A.B.L.E. Program is the first neonatal education program to focus exclusively on the post-resuscitation/pre-transport stabilization care of sick newborns. S.T.A.B.L.E. stands for the six assessment parameters taught in the course: Sugar, Temperature, Airway, Blood pressure, Lab work, and Emotional support. This valuable, accessible and easy-to-remember resource serves as a concise guide for organizing the myriad of details and interventions necessary for stabilizing a sick infant. First introduced in the U.S. and Canada in May 1996, this program has rapidly grown in popularity, with over 100,000 learner-participants to date! Translated into other languages, including Spanish, S.T.A.B.L.E. has expanded to more than 25 countries!

How is the program administered?
The S.T.A.B.L.E. Program involves an eight-hour, interactive presentation by an expert in neonatal nursing or medicine. Continuing education credits are provided by individual instructors. Instructor courses are offered throughout the year to prepare lead instructors for course presentation. Program materials may be purchased from the online bookstore of the American Academy of Pediatrics or from S.T.A.B.L.E.

Who should take the S.T.A.B.L.E. Program Learner Course?
Any health caregiver who is involved with post-resuscitation or pre-transport care of sick newborns or who provides well-baby care:

  • Physicians: Pediatric, ER and family practice physicians, including residents
  • Nurses: RNs working in L&D, postpartum, nursery, neonatal intensive care, emergency departments; nurse midwives; LPNs and nursing assistants
  • Others: Respiratory therapists; pre-hospital providers (EMTs and paramedics)

For more information
The S.T.A.B.L.E. Program
P.O. Box 980023
Park City, Utah 84098
Phone: (888) 655-8171 or (435) 655-8171
Fax: (435) 655-7558
E-mail: stable@stableprogram.org

July 2009

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does the March of Dimes offer professional education on preterm labor and birth?

Yes. The March of Dimes Compendium on Preterm Birth is an online curriculum for health professionals about how to detect patients at risk for early delivery and assess behaviors that trigger premature birth. We also offer grand rounds and nursing education modules that address preterm labor and birth.

Does the March of Dimes support grand rounds?

Yes. The March of Dimes grand rounds program provides continuing education for perinatal health care providers on topics relevant to the March of Dimes mission: prevention of infant mortality, birth defects and preterm birth. Grand rounds strengthen the relationship between local March of Dimes chapters and the medical, nursing and public health communities. For more information, contact your local March of Dimes chapter.

What continuing education opportunities do you offer for perinatal nurses?

Nurses can earn continuing education credits through March of Dimes print and online materials. Topics include cultural competence, preterm labor and birth, breastfeeding, obstetrical emergencies, abuse during pregnancy, infertility, diabetes in pregnancy, genetics and perinatal loss. The March of Dimes has provider status through the New York State Nurses Association and the California Board of Registered Nursing. For more information, visit our nursing education Web site.

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