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Study Resources

Kenner, et al., Comprehensive Neonatal Nursing, W.B. Saunders, Philadelphia, 2007.

Ladewig, et al., Contemporary Maternal-Newborn Nursing Care, Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ, 2006.

Olds, et al., Low Risk Neonatal Nursing and Women’s Health Care, Pearson Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ, 2008

Simpson, et.al., Perinatal Nursing, LWW, Philadelphia, 2008

Newborn

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

Associated Competencies

Demonstrate knowledge of maternal, fetal, and neonatal anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and nutrition

Systematically assess the neonate, the family and their environment

Interpret assessment data to determine health status of the mother, fetus and neonate

Develop, implement and evaluate an individualized plan of care to facilitate the neonate’s adaptation to extrauterine life and to promote the health of the neonate

Apply knowledge of general concepts of care that determine and promote the health of the postpartal family in the hospital, in ambulatory settings and in the home environment

Educate families about the biophysical, psychosocial and environmental needs of the neonate

General Physiologic Assessment

Gestational Age

Physical Characteristics, Etiologies and/or Risks and Complications of

Preterm

Term

Post-term

AGA

SGA

LGA

Intrauterine growth restriction

Symmetrical

Asymmetrical

Clinical Laboratory Tests (Interpretation of values, methods and techniques)

Blood

Glucose

Complete blood count with differential

Cultures

Rh (Coombs)

Blood gases

Bilirubin

Electrolytes

Metabolic screening

Urine

Stool

Thermoregulation

Mechanisms of Thermoregulation

Candidate Guide:  LOW RISK NEONATAL NURSING

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