NCLEX questions, Newborn Nursing Care & Assessment Questions and Correct Answers
1. The nurse assisted with the delivery of a newborn. Which nursing action
is most effective in preventing heat loss by evaporation?
1.Warming the crib pad
2.Closing the doors to the room
3.Drying the infant with a warm blanket
4.Turning on the overhead radiant warmer: 3
Evaporation of moisture from a wet body dissipates heat along with the moisture.
Keeping the newborn dry by drying the wet newborn at birth prevents hypothermia
via evaporation. Hypothermia caused by conduction occurs when the newborn is
on a cold surface, such as a cold pad or mattress, and heat from the newborn's
body is transferred to the colder object (direct contact). Warming the crib pad
assists in preventing hypothermia by conduction. Convection occurs as air moves
across the newborn's skin from an open door and heat is transferred to the air.
Radiation occurs when heat from the newborn radiates to a colder surface (indirect
2. The mother of a newborn calls the clinic and reports that when cleaning the
umbilical cord, she noticed that the cord was moist and that discharge was
present. What is the most appropriate nursing instruction for this mother?
1.Bring the infant to the clinic.
2.This is a normal occurrence.
3.Increase the number of times that the cord is cleaned per day.
4.Monitor the cord for another 24 to 48 hours and call the clinic if the
discharge continues.: 1
Symptoms of umbilical cord infection are moistness, oozing, discharge, and a
reddened base around the cord. If symptoms of infection occur, the client should
be instructed to notify a health care provider (HCP). If these symptoms occur,
antibiotics may be necessary. Options 2, 3, and 4 are inappropriate nursing
interventions for the description given in the question.
3. The nurse is assessing a newborn after circumcision and notes that the
circumcised area is red with a small amount of bloody drainage. Which
nursing action is most appropriate?
1.Apply gentle pressure.
2.Reinforce the dressing.
3.Document the findings.
4.Contact the health care provider (HCP).: 3
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