Felician College Department of Nursing and Health Management Nursing 370
Neonatal Assessment Guide / Independent Study
Nursing students will perform the following newborn assessment with the clinicalinstructor’s assistance during the clinical nursing experience. The purpose of thisassessment is to increase the student’s knowledge about newborn physical assessmentand to increase the student’s observational skills.
The clinical instructor will assign students the week before this assignment is due.
Students are required to complete the column entitled
“Norms & PossibleAlterations”
prior to meeting with the clinical instructor for the hands-on clinicalnewborn assessment.
Students will describe fully what they see, hear, and feel during the clinicalnewborn assessment in the column entitled
“Description of Findings”
(this will be handed in the week following the experience to the clinical instructor).
References other than course textbooks must be listed.
Grading will be
= satisfactory, or
= unsatisfactory Neonate’s InitialsStudent NameGrade
Assessment AreasNorms/Possible AlterationsDescription of FindingsGeneral Appearance
Briefly describe(ex, dark hair, pink, flexed)
Weight & Measurement
1.Weight – include range& average2.Height – include range& average3.TemperatureAxillary-Rectal (optional)4.Head CircumferanceHead disproportionately largefor the body, neck looks short,chin rests on chest, prominentabdomen, sloping shoulders,narrow hips, rounded chest2500-4000 g (5lb, 8oz., -8lbs.13 oz.)48 – 52 cm (18 -22 in.)36.4 – 37.2C (97.5 – 99F)36.6-37.2C (97.8-99F) 36.8 C(98.8F) desired32-37cm (12.5-14.5 in.) 2cmGreater than chestcircumference1