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1st Edition

The Student Guide to the Newborn Infant Physical Examination

Edited By

Tracey Jones

ISBN 9781138086395
Published August 27, 2019 by Routledge
248 Pages 36 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This concise guide offers a comprehensive step-by-step framework for midwifery students to learn about all aspects of the newborn infant physical examination (NIPE), a screening assessment completed on all babies between 6 and 72 hours of age.

The Student Guide to the Newborn Infant Physical Examination encourages the reader to approach the examination in a system-based format, with case studies and practice tips to support learning.

The book offers:

• Evidence-based, well-illustrated assessment tools, which take into account the national screening committee standards, and is written by authors with both academic and clinical experience;

• A clear direction on how to perform the NIPE in practice while exploring the wider context of screening in healthcare today;

• Coverage of the changing role of the midwife, and the importance of understanding the whole context of the mother’s care, health promotion and starting the practitioner-parent conversation.

The Student Guide to the Newborn Infant Physical Examination is a core text for all pre-registration midwifery students and a useful resource for qualified midwives, neonatal nurses and practice nurses.

Table of Contents


1. The newborn infant physical examination

Tracey Jones

2. The changing role of the practitioner caring for the newborn

Tracey Jones

3. Communication skills in healthcare

Tracey Jones

4. Maternal factors that influence fetal development

Carol Mashhadi

5. Why the maternal history is important for the NIPE practitioner in performing a safe and thorough examination

Kim Wilcock

6. The physical examination: a step-by-step approach

Tracey Jones

6A. Examination of the head, including the ears, neck, eyes and neurological (tone)

Melanie Carpenter and Michelle Scott

6B. Cardiovascular examination of the newborn infant

Jonathan Hurst

6C. Examination of the respiratory system and the chest

Michelle Scott

6D. Examination of the newborn abdomen and genitalia

Natalie Fairhurst

6E. The skeletal examination

Sarah Paterson

6F. Examination of the skin

Natalie Anders and Alison Cooke

7. Congenital abnormalities

Joanna Cookson

8. Overview of the NIPE and appropriate and timely referral pathways

Anne Lomax and Claire Evans

9. Clinical competence and professional responsibility

Christopher Lube and Tracey Jones

10. The second examination

Tracey Jones


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Tracey Jones is a senior lecturer in Neonatal Education at the University of Manchester, UK.