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Nursery nurses are often faced with the question of which neonate they should assess first. This can be a difficult decision since there is no clear answer. In this blog post, we will discuss 3 different approaches to assessing neonates. We’ll also give you some helpful tips that will make your decisions easier!

Nursery nurse – which neonate should they assess first? A nursery nurse just received the shift report. Which neonate should the nurse assess first? Nursery nurses are often faced with this question and it can be a difficult decision since there is no clear answer that always works.

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In this blog post, we will discuss three different approaches to assessing neonates as well as some helpful tips for making your decisions easier!

In order from least invasive to most intrusive: 

Reviewing medical records/chart 

Visual observation of vital signs (pulse oximetry) 

Physical examination

These methods are ordered in terms of how they intrude on the patient’s privacy.

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