Course Overview


This Course will cover the clinical features and pathophysiology of ectopic pregnancy, as well as present practical nursing management information for the care of these women.

Learning Outcomes

  • State the main features of the pathology of ectopic pregnancy
  • Describe the clinical presentation of ectopic pregnancy
  • Explain the management and prognosis of ectopic pregnancy

Topics include:

  • Incidence, aetiology and pathology of ectopic pregnancy
  • Treatment, management and counselling
  • Nursing management

Target audience

Health professionals caring for women who are in their reproductive years.


Heighten awareness of one of the potentially most dangerous complications of pregnancy, and to enable assistance with its diagnosis and counselling of the affected woman and her family.


Health practitioners dealing with women in the reproductive years are likely to encounter one or more experiencing an ectopic pregnancy. The incidence of ectopic pregnancy is approximately 1-2%, with a mortality rate of about 2%. Miscarried pregnancies cause significant psychological trauma to the mother and her family, and early pregnancy loss accounts for around 55,000 hospital admissions annually. Revised guidelines released in 2015 from the Department of Health indicated changes to the terminology, treatment and management that should be used in relation to miscarriages and ectopic pregnancies. Management has also shifted with the recent introduction of Early Pregnancy Assessment Services (EPASs) in Australia.

Health professionals in Australia that are registered with AHPRA are required to obtain continuing professional development (CPD) hours/points each year that relates to their context of practice, in order to comply with mandatory regulatory requirements.