Looking at Major Problems of Newborns in the NICU
The goal of this course is to help nurses learn about several major medical problems faced by newborns in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) – including babies having mothers with diabetes, intraventricular hemorrhage, cerebral palsy, asphyxia, hydrocephalus, digestive disorders and much more.

Course Publication Date: April 19, 2018

This course is available with NO ADDITIONAL FEE if you have an active one year unlimited membership!

Author:Anita Rothera-Delaney RN, BS
Course No:MPN041218
Contact Hours:3.00
Delivery Method:Online Self Study
Category:Medical & Surgical Issues
Pediatric Medicine
Peri-Natal Medicine

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Learning Objectives
  • Discuss periventricular leukomalacia.
  • Define cerebral palsy and state the incidence of occurrence.
  • Discuss disorders that could happen to a newborn infant of a diabetic mother.
  • Identify symptoms of intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH).
  • Discuss the grades of IVH.
  • List four complications of asphyxia that could occur.
  • Discuss how hydrocephalus occurs and five symptoms that may result.
  • Describe how/why seizures occur.
  • Describe two possible digestive disorders of high-risk newborns.
  • State three types of congenital heart defects.
  • Discuss the condition of congestive heart failure.
  • Name two respiratory disorders common to babies in NICU.
  • Name two blood disorders common to babies in NICU.
  • Name three different causes of birth defects in newborns.
  • Discuss substance exposure for newborns.
  • Discuss sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).


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