there is assessment information on this website:
there are links all around the globe at the top of the main page. if you go into the postpartum skills and the newborn skills you will find extensive assessment information there.
you should also check out the links in the health assessment resources, techniques, and forms thread (its a sticky) in the nursing student assistance forum here:
if i'm not mistaken, vickyrn, the moderator, has posted some new assessment links there and newborn and mother assessment links are included. if you cannot find them, pm her. she is an ob clinical instructor in her real life and i am almost positive she will have information she can pass on to you.
other ob sites that are really good and that you should know about are:
- this is a slide slow presentation on normal and abnormal labor from the new york medical college. some very nice photographs and drawings to illustrate points.
- list of links of lectures, forms and tutorials on a variety of ob subjects from new york medical college
and includes links to the complete online textbook, laboratory tests commonly ordered in ob/gyn, medications commonly used in ob/gyn, ultrasound and x-ray used in ob/gyn, a large number of useful clinical forms you can download and print, and access to procedure videos that include a vaginal delivery, episiotomy, circumcision, pelvic exam, pap smear and much more.
- good pictures of cervical effacements and dilatation during labor
- listing of emedicines topics on obstetrics and gynecology
- online student companion website for maternal-newborn & child nursing
by marcia l. london, patricia a. ladewig, jane w. ball, and ruth l. bindler. on the top menu bar of this home page is a drop down arrow where you pick a chapter of interest. once into these chapters you will find an audio glossary of obstetrical terms (you can access it here http://wps.prenhall.com/chet_london_...62927-,00.html
), a summary of information in each chapter of the book, nclex review questions pertinent to the information from each chapter, case study and care map activities (i did not check to see if you get any feedback as to whether or not your answers to these exercises are correct) and nursing tools that include: abbreviations used in maternity and pediatric nursing, a food guide pyramid, rdas for females during pregnancy, recommended dietary allowances, family assessment, guidelines for working with deaf clients, growth charts (10 pediatric growth charts from birth to age 20), west normogram, maternal-newborn lab values including cord blood, pediatric lab values, clinical estimation of gestational age, actions and effects of selected drugs, maternity critical pathways (for diabetes, epidural anesthesia, hemorrhage in the 3rd trimester, puerperal infection, newborn of a substance abusing mother and newborn with respiratory distress), and a whole slue of pediatric care plans
(they only include goals, interventions, rationales, and expected outcomes--no nursing diagnoses). almost all are in pdf files so you need an acrobat reader to download and see these files. each chapter also provides internet links to more online information.
i also have a copy of maternal/newborn plans of care: guidelines for individual care
, third edition by marilynn e. doenges and mary frances moorhouse that i use as a reference. pm me or post a question if you need information on nursing diagnoses for any complications connected with an ob patient. this care plan book also has assessment guidelines for the mother at each trimester, each phase of labor and postpartum.