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Competency Statements, Test Content Outline and Study Resources

Condensed Exam Outline

This is an outline of topics and areas which may be included in the Low Risk Neonatal Nursing examination.  It should be noted that the emphasis of the examination is on the newborn (birth to one month) and family components.

Content of the examination will cover assessment of all body systems and knowledge of normal and deviations from normal.

10.00Mother/Fetus (10-15%)

10.01Assessment and Evaluation of Intrauterine Environment

10.02Maternal Factors and Complications Affecting the Fetus/Neonate

11.00Newborn (50-60%)

Focus of the newborn section will be on physical examination techniques, procedures and findings, as well as assessment and management of normal and abnormal findings and identification of potential complications.

11.01General Physiologic Assessment

a.Gestational Age

b.Clinical Laboratory & Diagnostic Data

c.Thermoregulation

d.Behavioral/Developmental

11.02Physical Assessment and Management of Complications

a.Systems

1.Cardiac

2.Respiratory

3.Gastrointestinal

4.Integumentary

5.Musculoskeletal

6.Head, Ears, Eyes, Nose and Throat

7.Hematopoietic

8.Neurological

9.Immune System

10.Endocrine/Metabolic

11.Genitourinary

b.Genetic Disorders

c.Hyperbilirubinemia

d.Perinatal Substance Abuse

12.00General Management (10-20%)

12.01Resuscitation & Stabilization

12.02Neonatal Nutrition, Feeding and Lactation

12.03Pharmacology

13.00Family Integration  (<10%)

13.01Role Adaptation

13.02Discharge Planning/Home Care

14.00Professional Issues (<5%)

14.01Research

14.02Legal/Ethical Issues

Candidate Guide:  LOW RISK NEONATAL NURSING

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