Perinatal Continuing Education Program (PCEP) How Is PCEP Offered In Oklahoma?
As of July 2020, the Office of Perinatal Quality Improvement (OPQI) will no longer be facilitating the Perinatal Continuing Education Program (PCEP). The program is still available through the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and OPQI encourages hospitals to continue utilizing the program to educate hospital staff and physicians every few years as a way to stay up to date on perinatal best practices and an opportunity to practice and validate skills.
The PCEP books may be ordered individually or as a package through the AAP at https://shop.aap.org/product-list/?q=pcep#sort=relevance&page=1&q=pcep
The comprehensive pre-test and post-test are no longer required, as this was part of the OPQI process to grant CNE. From this point forward, participants that want CME or ANCC continuing nursing education (CNE) can obtain them through the University of Virginia. Such participants will need to take the book exams online at https://med.virginia.edu/cme/learning/pcep/ and complete an online book evaluation for each book.
The cost of each PCEP book exam is $15 per book. The unit quizzes are free and can be taken multiple times. Book I: Maternal and Fetal Evaluation and Immediate Newborn Care, 14.5 CNE/CME Book II: Maternal and Fetal Care, 15.5 CNE/CME Book III: Neonatal Care, 16.5 CNE/CME Book IV: Specialized Newborn Care, 7.5 CNE/CME
Staff that do not want CNE do not need to take the online exams but should take the quizzes at the end of each unit to verify their knowledge of the content.
This new model for PCEP does not offer a coordinator workshop, but the OPQI staff remain committed to perinatal education in Oklahoma and to your clinicians. OPQI staff and physicians are available to provide presentations on a variety of perinatal topics to your clinicians upon your request. More about that forthcoming.
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How Is PCEP Funded In Oklahoma? PCEP is partially funded by The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Departments of OB/GYN and Pediatrics and participating hospitals.
Book I: Maternal and Fetal Evaluation and Immediate Newborn Care Book I features 8 units covering obstetric evaluation and Neonatal Resuscitation Program® information and skills, as well as units on thermal care and neonatal hypoglycemia. Contents include:
Book II: Maternal and Fetal Care Book II features 10 units containing information and skills essential for recognition and initial management of high-risk and sick pregnant women and their fetuses. Contents include:
Book III: Neonatal Care Book III includes 10 units covering information and skills assessment and initial management of frequently encountered neonatal illnesses, plus the comprehensive unit review Is the Baby Sick?, which ties all neonatal therapies and skills together for management of sick and at-risk newborns. Contents include:
Book IV: Specialized Newborn Care Book IV includes 6 units dealing with complex neonatal therapies, such as assisted ventilation, as well as a unit on continuing care for at-risk babies and those with special problems following intensive care. Contents include: