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This course is useful to any practicing nurse, nurse faculty, or student wanting to acquire fundamental knowledge of performing a newborn assessment.


Commercial Support Acknowledgment No commercial support was provided for the development of this activity.

Statement of Need Newborns have unique anatomy and physiologic characteristics that need to be assessed at birth. Nurses with limited or no experience in the obstetrical environment need to be made aware of these unique characteristics in order to perform a competent evaluation of a newborn's health.

Method of ParticipationTo complete this activity and obtain CE credit, you must do the following:

  • Read this Course Introduction / Disclosures section in its entirety
  • Read the course material
  • Complete the post test with a score of 80% or higher
  • Complete the activity evaluation form

    Accreditation Medcom/Trainex is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.*

    Medcom/Trainex is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the California Board of Registered Nursing (provider number CEP 9888), and the Florida Board of Nursing (provider number FBN2818).

    *Accreditation refers to recognition of educational activities only and does not imply Commission on Accreditation approval or endorsement of any product.

    Credit Designation Medcom, Inc. designates this educational activity for 1 contact hour of continuing nursing education credit.

    OverviewThis program focuses on the New Ballard Gestational Age Assessment. In the process of this discussion, both the assessment of neuromuscular maturity and that of physical maturity are examined. As the infant is assessed, reference is made to the system developed by Dr. Jeanne Ballard. The program concludes with a presentation of 13 newborn reflexes.

    Learning Objectives After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Properly perform the New Ballard Gestational Age Assessment
  • Assess for neuromuscular and physical maturity
  • Accurately report and score the results of the exam
  • Identify and test for the 13 newborn reflexes

    Medcom, Inc. is the corporate author of this educational activity. Kari Marie Albrecht, RN, MSN, and Paulette Wilske, BSN, RNC served as subject matter experts in review of the content, and performed a content validation review.

    In accordance with ANCC Standards, parallel documents from other accrediting bodies, and Medcom, Inc. policy, the learner is hereby informed that the planners and staff of Medcom, Inc., and the content validation reviewers involved with this activity have reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. Furthermore, there is no discussion in this activity about the use of products for non FDA-approved indications.

    Unnapproved Use DisclosureMedcom, Inc. requires authors and content validation reviewers to disclose to the learner when products or procedures being discussed are off-label, unlabeled, experimental, and/or investigational (not FDA approved); and any limitations on the information that is presented, such as data that are preliminary or that represent ongoing research, interim analyses, and/or unsupported opinion. Authors of this activity may present information about pharmaceutical agents that is outside of U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved labeling. This information is intended solely for continuing medical education and is not intended to promote off-label use of these medications. If you have questions, contact the medical affairs department of the manufacturer for the most recent prescribing information.

    As in all educational activities, we encourage the practitioners to use their own judgment in treating and addressing the needs of each individual patient, taking into account the patient's unique clinical situation. Medcom disclaims any liability and/or loss resulting from the information contained in this activity. The learner specifically agrees to indemnify and hold Medcom, the creators, producers, and distributors of this activity harmless against any and all claims or liabilities arising out of the use of any information provided in this activity by the learner, or by anyone directly or indirectly obtaining such information through the learner.

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    Gestational Age and Newborn Reflexes Online course
    • Course ID:
      244931
    • Duration:
      n/a
    • Price:
      $50