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Nurses are the primary caregivers in many pediatric healthcare settings. They need specialized skills to be able to accurately assess pediatric patients during health and illness. The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to pediatric health assessment for nurses with limited pediatric experience and to serve as a refresher for nurses caring for children in a variety of healthcare settings. It is essential that nurses develop adequate assessment skills in order to promptly identify potentially significant changes in the pediatric patient’s condition. The course provides nurses with the necessary information to gather a comprehensive pediatric health history and perform a complete physical examination. In order to provide safe, quality care to the pediatric patient, the nurse also needs an understanding of some common pediatric conditions. Reviews of common abnormalities seen in the pediatric patient are provided by body system.
This course reviews concepts related to pediatric health and assessment as they relate to nursing practice. It begins with important questions to ask when conducting a comprehensive pediatric history. Chapter 2 provides the nurse with techniques to use when interviewing pediatric patients or their caregivers. It also provides an overview of items to discuss when conducting a cultural or spiritual assessment in the clinical setting. Pediatric growth and measurement are reviewed in Chapter 3. Chapter 4 reviews the proper techniques to use when conducting a complete physical examination of a pediatric patient and also proper ranges for vital signs. Chapters 5-16 introduce information on performing a system-focused history and physical examination. Chapter 17, “Integrating the Pediatric Physical Examination,” assists the nurse in conducting the full physical examination.
- Identify elements necessary for effective nurse/patient communication.
- List questions that may be asked during the spiritual assessment.
- Describe the anatomy and physiology of various body systems relative to the pediatric patient.
- List specific questions to be asked when conducting a comprehensive health history.
- Describe techniques utilized in performing a physical examination on a pediatric patient.
- Recognize common abnormalities that may be found when completing the physical examination of a pediatric patient.
Mikki Meadows-Oliver, PhD, MPH, RN, is an associate professor at Yale University School of Nursing. She has taught pediatric health assessment for more than a decade to nursing students. She has been a pediatric nurse since 1994 and a pediatric nurse practitioner since 1998. Mikki Meadows-Oliver has written several book chapters and articles and has presented both nationally and internationally on issues related to pediatric health. She is a past president of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. Her current practice is at Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut, where she works in the Yale Lead Poisoning Treatment Program and also in the Pediatric Primary Care Center.
Lisa M. Rebeschi, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE, is an associate professor at Southern Connecticut State University Department of Nursing. She currently serves as department chairperson and has previously held positions as undergraduate program coordinator and quality improvement coordinator. She is credentialed as a certified nurse educator (CNE) by the National League for Nursing (NLN) and has previously served on the CNE Test Development Committee for the NLN. She teaches a variety of courses across the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs within the Department of Nursing.
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 more than 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.
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- 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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