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At 2000 hours, a mother calls a nurse to ask when her newborn should be returned to her room to finish feeding. The mother states that a doctor came about 30 minutes ago to take the baby for an examination and has not returned with her baby.

Which action should be taken by the nurse first?

The circumstances are suspicious enough to warrant initiating procedures for possible newborn abduction to retrieve the newborn as soon as possible.

Checking the unit or checking with other staff and the physician will delay getting the help needed to search the hospital and notify authorities.