S.T.A.B.L.E. Program-GREAT program to achieve certification

by mother/babyRN mother/babyRN, RN Member Nurse

Specializes in cardiac, diabetes, OB/GYN. Has 27 years experience.

I attended this program developed and fine tuned by nurses. Has helped me immensely with "bad" and good babies.....Great for delivery, motherbaby and nursery people who encounter surprises and situations that are, unfortunately, NOT surprises, every time we walk in the door....

The S.T.A.B.L.E. Program

As health care providers know, many neonates become ill and require specialized care. Immediate, high-quality supportive care must be available at all times for all neonates. Each member of the health care team--nurses, physicians, therapists and assistants--must know what to do for the sick infant, and they must all work together to provide this important care.

The Reality

Many nurses, physicians, and other members of the health care team have limited experience in stabilizing sick newborns. It is often a challenge for hospital staff to maintain knowledge and skill in this area. The Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) focuses on delivery room resuscitation. Following resuscitation, caregivers must turn to other resources for the necessary ongoing and supportive care.

What is 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 50,000 learner-participants to date!

In 2003-2004, the March of Dimes conducted an extensive expert review of the program. Reviewers included nationally known physicians and nurses in the field of neonatal care. The experts agreed that the S.T.A.B.L.E. Program is accurate and high quality, meets an important need, and is relevant to the March of Dimes mission and our prematurity campaign. The March of Dimes has endorsed the S.T.A.B.L.E program for use by health caregivers.

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.

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, ER; 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

Continuing Education

Perinatal Nursing Education

Physician Education

Genetics Education

- Genetics & Your Practice Web Site

- Genetics & Your Practice CD-ROM

- Genetics & Your Practice History

- Genetics Education/Awareness Sites on the Internet

Newborn Screening

The S.T.A.B.L.E. Program



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Hope you all take the time to check it out...It was an amazing program...


Specializes in Specializes in L/D, newborn, GYN, LTC, Dialysis. Has 25 years experience. 20,949 Posts

Where I work, we have a Neonatal NP who teaches this. EVERYONE had to have it to work in our department. I agree, it takes you beyond NRP and EVERY neonatal nurse needs it!

Journey_On, BSN, RN

Specializes in Occupational Health and Mother Baby. Has 13 years experience. 292 Posts

I know I am bringing back up an old thread, but I have just learned about S.T.A.B.L.E. today and am interested in it.

They do not offer a course in my area currently, but do you think it would be a good idea to buy The S.T.A.B.L.E. Program: Learner Manual (5th Edition) if I am very interested in working in OB or the NICU?

I have been very interested in this field since 2003 when I volunteered with a lactation consultant and also was a cuddler in the NICU (Level II, but I also got to observe in Level III). I would like to get certified in NRP, and I know this is not the same thing as S.T.A.B.L.E. I am very interested in all of this and would enjoy getting more experience and education. :)


Specializes in Specializes in L/D, newborn, GYN, LTC, Dialysis. Has 25 years experience. 20,949 Posts

I think it would be far better to find someone who teaches it. The program is very difficult to understand w/o good teaching behind it, esp. part two, which deals in a lot of very complicated cardiac information and issues. That is my opinion. Try to contact a regional or large teaching type hospital and see if they have educators/programs that provide this offering.



234 Posts

I just got my STABLE and NRP certifications. I loved both classes!



4 Posts

Does anyone know where or who I would contact to take a STABLE course in Portland, OR?



Specializes in Labor and Delivery, Newborn, Antepartum. Has 7 years experience. 115 Posts

NRP is required where I work, but not STABLE. I took STABLE as an extra certification and LOVED it!! I agree that anyone interested should take it. Very informative!

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