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A clinical assessment tool for midwives undertaking the Newborn Infant Physical Examination

Lanlehin, R. (2017). A clinical assessment tool for midwives undertaking the Newborn Infant Physical Examination. British Journal of Midwifery, 25(5), pp. 293-295. doi: 10.12968/bjom.2017.25.5.293


The role of midwives has evolved over the last two decades, and in the United Kingdom midwives and advanced neonatal nurse practitioners undertake roles that traditionally were undertaken by junior doctors. The Newborn Infant Physical Examination (NIPE) is performed within the first 72 hours of birth (Lanlehin, 2011), and enables midwives to provide a holistic assessment of neonates and their mothers, as well as confirming normality, identifying abnormalities, and providing early intervention for at risk neonates.

The aim of this paper is to discuss the usefulness of the Newborn and Infant Assessment Tool (NIAT) which was originally used as an oral assessment tool for a health professional undertaking the NIPE course. However, it became clear over the course of 10 years that not only is this a framework for assessing students' application of theoretical knowledge to practice scenarios, it is also an assessment tool that can be used by trained midwives, medical staff, and student nurses to enhance clinical decision-making when faced with an unwell baby.

Publication Type: Article
Publisher Keywords: Clinical assessment, Newborns, Infants, Postnatal ward, Community setting
Subjects: R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Midwifery & Radiography
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