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Perinatal Orientation and Education Program, Fourth Edition, (POEP4) Frequently Asked Questions
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Q1. What is POEP4?

POEP4 is a clinical program that provides continuing nursing education (CNE) hours. It is designed to provide nurses with theoretical knowledge needed to provide holistic, family-centered care to women, their infants, and family members during the preconception, antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum periods.


The program is targeted toward registered nurses who are new to perinatal nursing, including graduate nurses and those who are experienced, but new to the perinatal care setting. The content can also be used as continued education for experienced perinatal nurses.


The didactic content is a component of a comprehensive perinatal nursing program. It should be accompanied by guided clinical experience to permit real-time integration and application of the concepts and information presented.


POEP4 is in the AWHONN Online Learning Center, fully narrated, and consists of seven (7) courses organized into fifteen (15) modules of content. Each module is then divided into segments so that learners can be assigned smaller bits information. Learn More


Q2. When does the CNE expire for POEP4?

The CNE expire on December 31, 2020. If the CNE date is extended, AWHONN CNE updates may be found at this link:

After the CNE expiration date, the testing site will be unavailable and nurses will not be able to receive CNE for completing the education.


Q3. My hospital recently purchased POEP4 and would like to assign our nurses to complete the online training. How do we proceed?

AWHONN will email the next step instructions within 7 business days. The email will detail:

  • Your hospital/institution's specific Internet URL created to access the POEP4 product
  • How to create an AWHONN free membership account
  • How the nurse administrator can manually enroll members into the course
  • How the nurse administrator can create learning reports to track training progress
  • How attendees can receive and print/save their CNE certificates

If the purchasing contact or nurse administrator does not receive the email within 7 business days from the receipt of payment, please contact AWHONN Customer Service at 1-800-354-2268.


Q4. Can POEP4 be used at more than one facility in a hospital system?

Yes. Please contact AWHONN Associate Director for Product Sales, Mitty Songer, at for more information.


Q5. Our hospital ordered POEP4 and has used all 50 seats. We want to purchase additional seats. How do we proceed?

Please use this form to order additional POEP4 CNE seats or contact Mitty Songer at or 304-550-3984.


Q6. When was POEP4 released?

June 2017



Q7. Where do I send comments or feedback about POEP4?

Feedback for POEP4 can be submitted to Be sure to indicate the POEP edition you are referring to.


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Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

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