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Disciplines: Nursing
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
Author(s): Antoinette Towle, Ed.D, MSN, APRN
Peer Reviewer(s): Jean Ivey, PhD, CRNP, CPNP-PC
Item#: N1659
Contents: 1 Course Book (44 pages)
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Mental Health Assessment of the Pediatric Patient

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Item # N1659
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Release Date: January 29, 2016

Expiration Date: January 31, 2019

Nurses are the primary caregivers in many pediatric healthcare settings – both acute and community health settings. They can be the first healthcare professional that the pediatric patient sees or caregiver seeks to assess the patients during health and illness. Mental health must be a part of the comprehensive pediatric health assessment and this assessment takes knowledge and skill.  The nurse needs to be able to identify the signs and symptoms of prevalent mental health problems in the pediatric patient population as well as treatment interventions.  Finally, the healthcare professional must be able to recognize the indications of a mental health emergency in the pediatric patient and the appropriate interventions.

This course identifies the components required to complete a comprehensive pediatric mental health history. It also discusses the signs and symptoms of prevalent pediatric and adolescent mental health problems and treatment interventions for mental health problems and emergencies. After completing this course, the nurse (including the certified case manager nurse) will be able to conduct a mental health assessment in the pediatric patient and recognize the appropriate interventions.   References and resources are presented in this course to reflect the most recent evidence in pediatrics and pediatric nursing from the healthcare literature at the time of publication.




This course has been submitted to the Commission for Case Manager Certification for approval to provide board certified case managers with 4 clock hours.


Course Objectives

  • Discuss the purpose of the mental health assessment on a pediatric or adolescent patient
  • Identify the components required to complete a comprehensive pediatric mental health history
  • Assess for the signs and symptoms of some of the prevalent pediatric and adolescent mental health problems and treatment interventions
  • Describe the assessment of key signs and symptoms and interventions required in treating a child or adolescent in a mental health emergency

Antoinette Towle, EdD, MSN, APRN, is an assistant professor at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) Department of Nursing. She has been an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) board certified pediatric and school health nurse practitioner since 1999, working for over 15 years with children and adolescents in a wide variety of community settings. Antoinette has extensive expertise working with children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral difficulties and in school-based health. She is currently teaching nursing to both undergraduate and graduate nursing students at SCSU. 

Jean Ivey, PhD, CRNP, CPNP-PC, is an associate professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Nursing. She has taught undergraduate and graduate nursing students for over 25 years, teaching such courses as physical assessment. She led a PNP program for over 12 years that focused on health promotion for children and adolescents. 

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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