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The Book

The Obstetric and Neonatal Quality and Safety (C-ONQS) Study Guide: A Practical Resource for Perinatal Nurses was released in April 2023.


This book serves as a study guide for the National Certification Corporation C-ONQS exam. It also functions as a quality and safety reference guide for: labor and delivery/mother baby/neonatal nurses, and nursing faculty.


In this guide, Jeanette Zocco, MSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM, C-ONQS, takes you down hospital corridors and into patient rooms, teaching ONQS exam topics from her perspective as an experienced perinatal safety nurse.


This book brings together the topics identified in the NCC Candidate Guide in an organized, easy-to-read, concise format. Clinical examples and vignettes throughout add meaning to the content. 


C-ONQS Study Guide

This book provides a review of quality and safety content for new and seasoned bedside nurses and nurse leaders.

Examples of topics reviewed include the following: 

  • Patient safety and quality improvement opportunities within the U.S.

  • Review of adverse events, near misses, and errors

  • Approaches to identify gaps and opportunities in care

  • Safety culture

  • Human factors 

  • Teamwork and crew resource management 

  • Effective handoff communication strategies

  • Quality improvement models (Lean, Six Sigma, Model for Improvement)

  • Data collection, display and interpretation

  • Tools to facilitate change to the bedside

  • Barriers to quality and safety implementation and planning for sustainability

  • Second victim experience

Grab a cup of coffee, relax, and enjoy!

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