CARE OF THE NORMAL NEWBORN INFANT
The practical nurse has a unique opportunity of closely observing and providing
care for the newborn infant after delivery (see figure 8-1). Because of the newborn
infant's helplessness, his needs must be met initially by nursing personnel. Many
nursing assessments and evaluations are conducted for the well-being of the infant.
Nursing care does not stop with the newborn infant. Interaction with the parents is also
important in the development of a family unit.
Figure 8-1. The newborn infant.