Many nurses find caring for mothers and their newborn infants to be a joyous and rewarding experience because they get to welcome a brand-new person into the world. Although nursing care of the newborn after transition is focused on the health of the infant, the nurse has the opportunity to be involved with the parents of the infant and to interact with other family members to plan for the infant’s future well-being within the family unit.
The purpose/goal of this course is to describe the major factors involved in the accurate assessment and care of the normal newborn.
At the conclusion of this learning activity, participants will do the following:
• Describe the key elements of newborn transitional assessment, including temperature, cardiovascular system, and respiratory system assessment.
• Describe the general nursing care of the newborn during the transitional period.
• Describe the elements of a general newborn assessment.
• Identify normal weight, measurements, vital signs, and gestational age for the normal newborn.
• Describe key aspects of assessing the integumentary system; head, eyes, ears, nose, and throat; and the respiratory and cardiovascular systems of a newborn infant, along with the common findings and problems for each system.
• Describe key aspects of assessing the abdominal, genital, musculoskeletal, and neurological systems of a newborn infant, along with the common findings and problems for each system.
• Identify the elements of an interactional assessment of an infant and the factors that place the infant at risk.
Annenberg Center for Health Sciences is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
A maximum of 2.0 contact hours may be earned for successful completion of this activity.
Provider is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # 13664, for 2.0 contact hours.
This activity is an online enduring material. Successful completion is achieved by reading and/or viewing the material(s), reflecting on its implications in your practice, and completing the assessment component.
The ideas and opinions presented in this educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Annenberg Center and/or its agents. As in all educational activities, we encourage practitioners to use their own judgement in treating and addressing the needs of each individual patient, taking into account that patient’s unique clinical situation. The Annenberg Center disclaims all liability and cannot be held responsible for any problems that may arise from participating in this activity or following treatment recommendations presented.
The estimated time to complete the activity is 2.0 hour(s).
This course released on June 1, 2017 and expires on May 31, 2019.