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Hours: 5 Contact Hours
Author(s): Karen L. Hessler, PhD, RN, FNP-C
Peer Reviewer(s): Michelle Doran, RN, MS
Item#: N1894
Contents: 1 Course Book (84 pages)
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Initial Physical Assessment of the Newborn, 2nd Edition

Price $27.95
Item # N1894
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Release Date: June 14, 2018

Expiration Date: June 14, 2021

The first 24 hours of a newborn’s life is a critical high-risk period of both morbidity and mortality, and nurses working in the delivery setting must be prepared to engage in a skillful newborn assessment for each and every newborn they encounter to ensure the best patient outcome. This course provides current evidence-based recommendations on how to perform an initial assessment of the newborn.

Course Objectives

  • Identify the tasks necessary to complete a general assessment of the newborn.
  • Describe normal and abnormal findings of a newborn skin assessment.
  • Define the essential components of completing a newborn head, eye, ear, nose, mouth, and throat assessment.
  • Describe the comprehensive examination of the newborn’s lungs and heart.
  • Identify the essential aspects of assessing a newborn’s temperature regulation at and shortly after birth.
  • Identify the steps involved in completing an assessment of the musculoskeletal system of the newborn.
  • Identify the steps for completing an assessment of the neurologic system of the newborn.
  • Identify the tasks necessary to complete an abdominal and genitourinary assessment of the newborn.

Karen L. Hessler, PhD, RN, FNP-C, is an associate professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She received her bachelor of science degree and her master’s degree in nursing from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, then went on to earn a PhD in nursing, focusing on research methods, from the University of Colorado at Denver. Dr. Hessler has worked in various settings as a family nurse practitioner, spending several years in the area of obstetrics and gynecology and as a perinatal registered nurse. She has authored and coauthored numerous journal articles and an internationally marketed text on the flipped classroom in nursing education.

Michelle Doran, RN, MS, has 20 years of clinical and administrative experience in maternal child health nursing, with a specific clinical background in pediatrics. She is the lead nurse planner at Western Schools. Previously, she was the national Maternal Child Health Program manager for Humana Health Plan and the former director of nursing for Pediatrics and Maternal Newborn Services at Boston Medical Center. She received her bachelor of science degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and her master’s degree in nursing leadership from Regis College. She is a current member of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses.

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.