Initial Physical Assessment of the Newborn, 2nd Edition

27.95
Online
Elective
About the Course

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

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • 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.

About the Author:
Karen L. Hessler, PhD, RN, FNP-C

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 co-authored numerous journal articles and an internationally marketed text on the flipped classroom in nursing education.
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Initial Physical Assessment of the Newborn, 2nd Edition

27.95
About the Course

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

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • 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.

About the Author:
Karen L. Hessler, PhD, RN, FNP-C

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 co-authored numerous journal articles and an internationally marketed text on the flipped classroom in nursing education.