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Nursing Care of Pediatric Patients by Stage of Development

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Course Overview

Nursing Care of Pediatric Patients by Stage of Development
Morgan Curry

Author: Kathy Wiejaczka

The pediatric population presents unique challenges to nurses. The expert in nursing care of pediatric patients recognizes that developmental stage plays a pivotal role in the approach of each child. In this course we will discuss how to care for children of each developmental stage, including expert tips and tricks for pediatric nurses.

Course Outline

  1. Overview
  2. Current Practice in Nursing Care of Pediatric Patients
  3. Family Responses to Illness and/or the Hospitalized Child
  4. Developmental Considerations for Appropriate Nursing Interventions
  5. General Interventions across the Developmental Spectrum
  6. The Importance of Caring, Consistency, and Humility
  7. Labeling Feelings
  8. Let’s Talk About Resiliency
  9. Developmental Strategies with Infants (0-12 months)
  10. Developmental Strategies with Toddlers (1- 3 years old)
  11. Developmental Strategies with Preschool Children (3 years – 6 years)
  12. Developmental Strategies with School Age Children (6 years – 12 years)
  13. Developmental Strategies with Adolescent Children (12 years – 18 years)
  14. Therapeutic Play in Nursing Care of Pediatric Patients
  15. Cultural Considerations
  16. Reducing Pain and Discomfort
  17. Nursing Care of Pediatric Patients with Special Healthcare Needs
  18. Summary
  19. References

Accreditation Statement

Nursing CE Central 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 developmentally appropriate interventions and techniques in nursing care of pediatric patients. It will require the average learner 210 minutes to complete.

Course Objectives

After completing this course, the learner will be able to:

  1. Identify age-appropriate interventions used to facilitate medical and nursing care in pediatric patients.
  2. Explain how to involve the family in pediatric care in order to maximize patient comfort and cooperation.
  3. Describe the unique challenges nurses face when caring for children of various developmental stages.

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)

Conflict of Interest Statement

Nursing CE Central nor any of the authors, planners, content experts or any contributors have a commercial interest nor were influenced by commercial interests in the creation of this course, financially or otherwise.

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Course created on: March 01, 2019

Course Renewed on: February 18, 2022

Course Expires on: Febraury 18, 2025

Course Offering: #14