Disciplines: Nursing
Hours: 6 Contact Hours
Author(s): Karen L. Hessler, PhD, FNP-C
Peer Reviewer(s): Charlene M. Deuber, DNP, NNP-BC, CPNP
Item#: N1630
Contents: 1 Course Book (98 pages)
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Initial Physical Assessment of the Newborn

Price $32.95
Item # N1630
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Expiration Date: June 30, 2018

The transition from intrauterine to extra-uterine life is complex, and an accurate, evidence based assessment is of utmost importance to the well-being of the infant. Initial Clinical Assessment of the Newborn Infant has been developed to assist the registered nurse (RN) in the completion of a first assessment of the newborn after birth.

The purpose of the course is to provide the most up to date evidence regarding initial assessment of the newborn infant. The course will begin with an introduction to the assessment and measurement of infants, and progress with a system by system approach to a complete physical assessment within the transitional period. Each unit has a set of “terms to know” introduced at the beginning as a guide as you read the content of the unit; each term will be defined within the unit and key concepts provided for the assessments presented. Your understanding of the material will be assessed with quiz questions that are related to course content. After completion of this course, you will be able to apply the most recent evidence-based recommendations for an initial assessment of the newborn. Early recognition and appropriate referral for any deviations from normal will aid in early treatment of abnormal findings and conditions. 

Course Objectives

  • Identify the tasks necessary to complete a general assessment of the newborn.
  • Describe normal and abnormal aspects of a newborn skin assessment.
  • Define the essential steps to complete a newborn head, eye, ear, nose, mouth, and throat assessment.
  • Describe the comprehensive examination of the normal newborn lung and heart. 
  • Identify the essential aspects of assessing a newborn’s temperature regulation at and shortly after birth.
  • Identify the tasks necessary to complete an assessment of the musculoskeletal system of the newborn.
  • Identify the tasks necessary to complete an assessment of the neurological 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 assistant professor at the College of Health and Human Sciences, School of Nursing, of the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. She received her bachelor of science degree and her master’s degree in nursing from the University of Nebraska. She earned her 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 RN. She has authored and co-authored numerous journal articles.

Charlene M. Deuber, DNP, NNP-BC, CPNP, is an advanced practice nurse and nurse manager in the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. She is a member of the adjunct clinical faculty of the Thomas Jefferson University School of Nursing’s neonatal nurse practitioner program and at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Nursing in Philadelphia, where she also serves as a lecturer. Dr. Deuber received her bachelor of science degree (summa cum laude) from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where she also earned her master’s degree in nursing and did postgraduate study in the neonatal nurse practitioner program. She went on to earn her doctorate in nursing practice from the School of Nursing at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Dr. Deuber has been the author and co-author of numerous scholarly publications and is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau National Nursing Honor Society.

  • Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from date of purchase or through the expiration date indicated above, whichever date comes first.
  • 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.
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  • 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.