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Second Victim: The Perinatal Nurse after an Adverse Event Webinar

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  • Second victim situations continue throughout healthcare, including perinatal nursing. The presenter will discuss the mental and physical effects that a perinatal nurse (or perinatal healthcare worker) may experience after an adverse or unexpected event occurs during the care of her/his patient. Discussion will include recognition of these effects, coping mechanisms and wellness techniques for the second victim, as well as methods that peers, the healthcare team, and healthcare organizations can use to support those who become second victims of an adverse event.  


    Learning Objectives: 

    1. Evaluate at least five risk factors for experiencing negative after-effects of an adverse event in the perinatal setting.  
    2. Differentiate coping and wellness techniques following an adverse event in the perinatal setting.  



    Tiffany McElvy, MSN, RN, CPPS  

    Memorial Medical Center/Sutter Healthcare; Director of Maternal Child Health  


    Nursing Contact Hours:  

    0.75 nursing contact hours (available through February 17, 2025) 


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    Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses is accredited with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Accredited status does not imply endorsement by AWHONN or the ANCC of any commercial products displayed or discussed in conjunction with an educational activity. AWHONN is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider # CEP580.  


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