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Managing Children with Behavioral Health Issues Presenting to the ED

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Course Overview

Managing Children with Behavioral Health Issues Presenting to the ED
Morgan Curry

Author: Ashley Kellish

Recent data shows that the number of children with behavioral health issues seeking help from our nation’s emergency departments (ED) has increased tremendously since 2007 (7). 

With this increase comes the need for our ED teams to be prepared for how best to manage these visits and ensure patient safety.  In the 2019 National Pediatric Readiness Project, it was identified that less than half of our nation’s EDs are “ready” to care for pediatric patientsadding the mental health factor on top of this only makes it more of a challenge (1).

Course Outline

  1. Introduction 
  2. An ED Nurse’s Role in Pediatric Mental Health 
  3. Devising a Plan for Change for Children with Behavioral Health Issues in the ED 
  4. Case Study 
  5. Conclusion 
  6. References

Accreditation Statement

Nursing CE Central LLC is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

In this course we will discuss the need for proper preparation in EDs in order to effectively care for children with behavioral issues and we will introduce various tools and tactics commonly used to improve outcomes. It will take the average learner 90 minutes to complete this course.

Course Outcomes

After completing this course, the learner will rate 4 out of 5 on the Likert Scale for their ability to:

  1. Recognize the increase in pediatric mental health visits to EDs and the unique needs these patients have.
  2. Define the nurse’s role in response to pediatric mental health admissions.
  3. Devise a plan to improve your own ED’s response to pediatric patients with behavioral health need.

Target Audience

  • Registered Nurses (RN)
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN)
  • Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN/LVN)

Requirement for Completion

  1. Enrollment in the course by the learner.
  2. Read and learn all course materials.
  3. Complete the course evaluation.
  4. Attest and testify learning of the course materials.

Accreditations + Approvals

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) (P0614)
  • California Board of Registered Nursing (CEP 17418)
  • Kentucky Board of Nursing (7-0090)
  • Louisiana State Board of Nursing (58)
  • New York State Department of Education (IC 208)
  • Florida Board of Nursing (50-23983)

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

Nursing CE Central nor any of the authors, planners, content experts, or any contributors have any relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose.

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Course created on: April 22, 2021

Course Expires on: April 22, 2024

Course Offering: #54