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Initial Care of the Newborn

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Course Description

This course will integrate key aspects of care for those involved in the care of newborn infants in the newborn nursery, post-partum, labor and delivery, and emergency departments. Thermoregulation, physical assessment and glucose management are the primary topics of discussion. Methods to effectively manage care for this population will be elaborated upon and students will be able to successfully integrate their knowledge.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Establish solid knowledge base for normal newborn infant care.
  • Identify abnormal findings in the newborn infant.
  • Discuss planning for emergency situations.


Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. The day includes a one-hour lunch (on your own), as well as a morning and afternoon break of 15 minutes each. The order of lectures presented and break times may vary according to speaker preference.

8:00 am to 4:30 pm

  • Fetal to Newborn
    Life-Transition Phases | Initial Steps of Caring for Infants
  • Thermoregulation
    Needs, Physiology | Equipment | Methods
  • Physical Assessment
    Head-to-Toe Methodology | All Organ Systems
  • Glucose Management
    Hypoglycemia | Hyperglycemia | When to Call Provider
  • Emergency Management
    Scenario with Participation | Mock Codes
  • Unknown Infant Diagnoses
    How to Know if an Infant is not Transitioning Well | Finding an Undiagnosed Defect