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Fetal Heart Monitoring Instructors Recognized by AWHONN

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August 22, 2013 - The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) has awarded four recipients with the Fetal Heart Monitoring Instructor Recognition Award for the first quarter of 2013.

Each year, the AWHONN Fetal Heart Monitoring Program educates approximately 13,000 perinatal clinicians worldwide. The goal of the program is to strengthen the ability of nurses and physicians to confidently and accurately interpret fetal heart rate and uterine activity monitoring data, which will help provide mothers and their newborns with the healthiest possible start for life. The award recipients teach a substantial number of courses. In many instances, they bring the courses into rural and community hospitals.

“AWHONN’s Fetal Heart Monitoring Program is nationally recognized for providing superior education on providing the best care to women and newborns,” said AWHONN's CEO, Karen Peddicord, PhD, RN. “We’re honored to recognize these outstanding instructors for their dedication to newborn health and commitment to perinatal education.”

Based on their skills, experience and enthusiasm for the Fetal Heart Monitoring Program, AWHONN has selected the following four instructor candidates for this award in the first quarter:

  • Hope K. Helferich, BSN, RNC–OB, C–EFM, has been an AWHONN Fetal Heart Monitoring Program instructor at HCA Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kan., since their first course in 1998. She is an instructor trainer, and teaches both the intermediate and advanced courses. Helferich earned her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Wichita State University and successfully completed the NCC RNC – OB certification in 1985 and C– EFM in 1998. 
  • Patti Jacobs, BSN, RN, C-EFM, has more than 32 years of experience in antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum, and high-risk obstetrics. She is active in her local AWHONN chapter and teaches both the intermediate and advanced courses for the Fetal Heart Monitoring Program. Jacobs is also an instructor trainer and the OB outreach educator for the Northeast Tennessee Regional Perinatal Center in Johnson City, Tenn.
  • Sharon Orozco, BSN, MS, RNC-OB, RN, has been teaching the intermediate course for the AWHONN Fetal Heart Monitoring Program since 1996 and the advanced course since its inception. She coordinates fetal monitoring education for most hospitals in a 19-county region of southwest Ohio and has developed a team of AWHONN instructors from different hospitals to teach these courses with her. Orozco is currently the nurse manager of Community Education/Lactation/Perinatal Outreach at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the Ohio State University and a Master of Science degree from Wright State University.
  • Jeanette Zocco, MSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM, has been teaching the intermediate course for the AWHONN Fetal Heart Monitoring Program since 2010 and recently became a designated instructor. She is currently the clinical nurse leader of Labor and Delivery at Saint Francis Hospital in Hartford, Conn. Zocco earned her Master of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Hartford, and has been an inpatient obstetric nurse for 13 years.

For more information about AWHONN's Fetal Hearth Monitoring program, visit

Source: AWHONN