Changes in the pediatrician's practice model have created demand for other medical care providers for hospitalized well newborns. Well newborn care may be the responsibility of those who work in any level I-IV neonatal intensive care units, whether in a primary or secondary role. No recent publications exist about how to approach the organization of tasks.
The purpose of this article is to present a structure and resources to guide the organization of tasks in the care of hospitalized well newborns for learners or occasional care providers.
The methods used in this project included literature review to develop evidence-based practice resources. The literature was reviewed regarding the relevant history and resources to support task organization of well newborn care provided by skilled providers in the hospital. The goal is to establish a reference to support education about these approaches, which appear to be rooted in tradition.
Evidence-based resources include an overview of provider tasks and responsibilities for well newborn care for each hospital day and per shift.
Implication for Research:
Future studies can measure mentor or learner perceptions of the value of these resources, critical thinking improvement, safety, and clinical outcomes.
Implication for Practice:
These resources may provide structure for learners or occasional providers who have studied the physiology, pathophysiology, and problem management concepts but need to learn how to execute their responsibilities in these busy environments.