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Triage Nurse: Tips on Pediatric Patients

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Course Overview

Triage Nurse: Tips on Pediatric Patients

Author: Katie Maloney

The word “triage” is derived from the French verb “to sort,” and that is exactly how it is interpreted in medicine today. When looking at the emergency department (ED), the goal of triaging is to identify resources that do the most good for the largest number of ill and injured patients. As EDs have become busier over time, this skill has become a critical piece of providing the highest and most efficient level of care possible; especially with pediatric populations who are not as readily able to voice their symptoms. Learning the cues of specific illnesses, understanding age-specific considerations, and implementing pediatric-specific tools are essential in accurately determining the required level of care and interventions needed in an expeditious manner. 

This course will cover evidence-based practices and specific skills that will help triage nurses assess and determine a child’s acuity accurately. 

Course Outline

  1. Introduction 
  2. Assessment Guidelines 
  3. PAT Tool
    Work of Breathing
  4. Application of the PAT for Triage Nurses
    Scenarios for Knowledge Integration
  5. Age Specific Developmental Milestones 
  6. Care of Special Pediatric Populations
    – DM Type I with DKA
    – Septic Neonate
    – Fever and Neutropenia
    – Ingestions
    – Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) 
  7. Conclusion 
  8. 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 evidence-based practices and specific skills that will help triage nurses assess and determine a child’s acuity accurately. It will take the average learner 90 minutes to complete.

Course Outcomes

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

  1. Identify differences in the techniques of triage for pediatric populations. 
  2. Employ specific, objective tools to improve the accuracy of triage of the pediatric patients. 
  3. Identify populations at greatest risk in the emergency department and the need to expedite their care. 
  4. Improve the patient and family experience for pediatric populations through a developmentally appropriate process. 

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: May 21, 2021

Course Renewed On: May 21, 2024

Course Expires On: May 21, 202

Course Offering: #71