Nursing: Pediatric Health and Physical Assessment, 3rd Edition

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Disclosure: This course is presented by Elite Professional Education LLC 

Course release date: 2/18/2019
Course expiration date: 2/18/2022

About the Course
Nurses, the primary caregivers in many pediatric healthcare settings, need specialized skills to accurately assess pediatric patients during health and illness, promptly identify potentially significant changes in a pediatric patient’s condition, and provide safe, quality care to children and adolescents. This course provides a collection of information for a comprehensive, subjective pediatric health history, performing a systematic physical examination, and understanding common pediatric conditions.  The course not only provides an introduction to pediatric health assessment for nurses with limited pediatric experience, but also serves as a refresher course for nurses caring for children in a variety of healthcare settings.  

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Identify elements necessary for effective nurse-patient communication.
  • 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.
  • Identify psychiatric emergencies in children and adolescents.

About the Authors:

Mikki Meadows-Oliver, PhD, MPH, RN, is an associate professor at Quinnipiac University School of Nursing and has taught pediatric health assessment to nursing students for more than a decade. She has been a pediatric nurse since 1994 and a pediatric nurse practitioner since 1998. Dr. 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.

Lisa M. Rebeschi, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE, is an associate professor at Southern Connecticut State University, Department of Nursing and is currently the department chairperson and has previously held positions as undergraduate program coordinator and quality improvement coordinator. Dr. Rebeschi is credentialed as a certified nurse educator by the National League for Nursing (NLN) and has previously served on the Certified Nurse Educator Exam (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 associate professor at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU), Department of Nursing. She has been an American Nurses Credentialing Center 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. Ms. Towle has extensive expertise in 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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