Nursing Case Study Essay

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1. When a nurse performs a physical examination on a newborn, which of the following nursing assessments should be reported to the physician?
A. Head circumference of 40 cm.
B. Chest circumference of 32 cm.
C. Edema of the scalp.
D. Heart rate 160 and respirations 40.
The correct answer is A. Head circumference of 40 cm. Head circumference day 1 of life should be 2-3 cm larger than the chest circumference. Edema of the scalp can be caused by pressure put on the infant’s head during delivery. Normal heart rate for a newborn is 100-160 beats per minute and respirations should be 30-60 breaths per minute.

2. The nurse is observing children playing in the hospital playroom. She would expect to see 4 year-old children playing

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