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Goals and Learning Outcomes

In the first trimester, vaginal bleeding affects about a quarter of women who are pregnant (Hendriks et al., 2019). Within the first 2 weeks of pregnancy, it is common for some women to experience light vaginal bleeding or spotting from the cervix (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists [ACOG], 2022). This is usually due to the development of increased blood vessels and may occur after sexual intercourse or a pelvic exam. However, more serious complications of vaginal bleeding can occur during the first trimester.


Nurses who work in the emergency department may encounter this situation frequently. They should have a sound working knowledge of the incidence, etiology, risk factors, and potential life-threatening symptoms associated with vaginal bleeding during pregnancy. Prompt recognition of significant clinical signs may save precious time in an emergency.


The goal of the course is to inform nursing professionals in acute care about the causes, evaluation, and patient care of vaginal bleeding in early pregnancy.

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify the three common causes of bleeding in early pregnancy.
  • Prioritize assessment and care for patients with bleeding in early pregnancy.

Course Termination Date: Not yet determined

Content Expiration Date: 12/31/25

Course Originally Released On: 01/01/23

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Accreditation Information


In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP#13791

Disclaimer: Not all courses will provide California Board of Registered Nursing approval. Per California Assembly Bill No. 241, continuing education courses related to direct patient care shall address at least one or a combination of the following:(1) Examples of how implicit bias affects perceptions and treatment decisions of licensees, leading to disparities in health outcomes; or (2) Strategies to address how unintended biases in decision-making may contribute to health care disparities by shaping behavior and producing differences in medical treatment along lines of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, or other characteristics.



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None of the planners/faculty, unless otherwise noted, for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.