Fast Facts for the L&D Nurse, Second Edition

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Fast Facts for the L&D Nurse, Second Edition

SKU# 9780826128638

Labor and Delivery Orientation in a Nutshell

Author: Cassie Giles Groll DNP, RN, CNM


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Nurses who are new to the labor and delivery (L&D) environment will welcome this newly updated, succinct, easy-to-use orientation guide for everyday labor and birth management practices. It is designed for speedy access to fundamental information about the most common L&D procedures and encourages the development of independence and confidence for new RNs orienting to this practice environment. The second edition has been revised to include new and updated practice guidelines for cesarean delivery, episiotomy, labor pain management, postpartum hemorrhage, preterm labor and birth, shoulder dystocia, umbilical cord blood storage, vaginal delivery, and breastfeeding. A completely new entry addresses meconium aspiration syndrome and two new appendices feature quick-reference charts and tables and an alphabetical synopsis of pertinent drug-related information.

New illustrations depict and facilitate understanding of effacement and dilation of cervix, breech presentation and delivery, umbilical cord prolapse, placental abruption, and other topics. Designed to fit in a pocket, the resource provides clear, step-by-step descriptions of commonly occurring practices and procedures in bulleted format. It covers L&D terminology, equipment, labs, medications, complications, and algorithms to help foster critical thinking and establish a concrete knowledge base. The book highlights potential OB complications and is full of examples and pearls of wisdom concerning the handling of emergencies and unexpected outcomes.

New to the Second Edition:

  • A completely new entry on meconium, with information on meconium aspiration syndrome
  • New quick-reference charts and tables (Apgar score, Bishop score, drug tables, and more)
  • New illustrations for labor and delivery protocol

Key Features:

  • Provides speedy access to fundamental L&D information
  • Presents succinct, step-by-step descriptions of commonly occurring procedures

Product Details 

  • Publication Date July 09, 2015
  • Page Count 186
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826128638
  • EISBN 9780826128645

Table of Contents 

Kathryn “Cassie” Giles Groll, DNP, CNM, is a doctorally prepared, certified nurse midwife, who is part of a full-scope OB/GYN private practice in New Jersey. She earned her master’s degree in nursing and doctoral degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She is licensed in both New Jersey and New York as a certified nurse midwife with prescriptive authority and as an OB/GYN nurse practitioner in the state of New York. She has worked as a midwife since 2006 and clinically as an RN in obstetrics in a variety of capacities, including as a clinical instructor of obstetrics at Columbia University, New York, and in the high-risk women’s health float pool at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York. She is a member of the American College of Nurse-Midwives, the Medical History Society of New Jersey, and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. She has served as an advocate for sexual assault victims in Somerset, New Jersey.




Part I: General Orientation and Labor and Delivery Overview

Amniotic Fluid

Antepartum Tests

Apgar Score

Bishop Score


Cervix in Labor

Cesarean Section (C/S)

Dating a Pregnancy (Assessment for Gestational Age)

Drug Classifications

Electronic Fetal Monitoring (EFM)

Emergency Drugs

Fetal Demise (IUFD)

Fetal Kick Counts

Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM)

Group B Streptococcus (GBS)

Labor Progression


Magnesium Sulfate (MgSO4)

Montevideo Units (MVU)

Multiple Gestations


Pain Management



Surgical Instruments

Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Section (VBAC)

Vaginal Delivery

Part II: Procedures



Biophysical Profile (BPP)

External Cephalic Version

Fetal Fibronectin (fFN)

Fetal Scalp Sampling

Nonstress Test (NST)

Operative Vaginal Delivery

Part III: Emergencies

Abruptio Placentae

Amniotic Fluid Embolism

Bleeding in Pregnancy



Hypertension in Pregnancy


Placental Abnormalities

Postpartum Hemorrhage


Shoulder Dystocia

Umbilical Cord Prolapse

Appendix A: Abbreviations

Appendix B: An Alphabetic Synopsis of Medications Commonly Used in Pregnant and Postpartum Women

Appendix C: General Charts