Pediatric Patients: Updates for Non-Pediatric Nurses

  • Date: Sept. 30, 2020 - Dec. 3, 2020
  • Format: online

This conference will provide non-pediatric nurses with essential information needed to assess, transfer, and safely care for pediatric patients in times of urgency and emergency.  Participants will learn about pediatric resuscitation and other emergency respiratory conditions, transport of children with and without special needs, diabetes in children from the child’s perspective and from the parent’s perspective, common street drugs used by kids, and pediatric medication administration in emergency situations.


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Pediatric Patients: Up-Dates for Non-Pediatric Nurses

Available September 30-November 30, 2020

Session 1. 

75 minutes, 1.25 contact hours 

Pediatric Trauma Resuscitation: Fluid, Blood, and Prayers, Oh My!

David Seastrom, BSN, RN, Outreach & Education Coordinator, Department of Surgery - Trauma Services, Children’s Mercy Kansas City, MO

  • Discuss the pathophysiology of different types of shock.
  • Assess a pediatric trauma victim for signs of circulatory compromise.
  • Identify conditions that cause rapid cardiopulmonary deterioration in pediatric trauma patients.
  • Monitor the adequacy of your resuscitation.

When do we resuscitate children?  How do we resuscitate children?  How much is too much and how much is not enough?  This lecture covers resuscitation of children and how that differs from adults and what evidence-based guidelines suggest.  The intricate process of resuscitating children can be a tedious process.  This session will strengthen participants knowledge and confidence.

Session 2.

60 minutes, 1 contact hour

Emergency Care Considerations for Pediatric Patients with Special Health Care Needs

Tricia Casey, RN, EMS, STARS Program Coordinator, SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, St. Louis, MO

Emergency care for children with special health care needs is complicated by lack of information, training, and experience by health care providers. These children may experience delayed care, inappropriate care, or in extreme cases, injury or death. The purpose of this presentation is to introduce providers to common challenges and provide information to troubleshoot care. Learners will gain insight into assessment of children with complex medical needs, common types of technology dependence, and information helpful during emergencies.

Session 3.

60 minutes, 1 contact hour

Transport Considerations for Pediatric Patients

Laura Kemerling, MSN, RN, C-NPT, Coordinator, Transport and EMS Relations, Children’s Mercy Critical Care Transport, Children’s Mercy Kansas City, MO 

Anticipating and coordinating the transfer of an ill child can easily turn a stressful situation into a nightmare. Having a better understanding of transport logistics, operations, and levels of care are crucial to the clinical outcomes of pediatric patients. At the conclusion of this presentation, providers will gain transport insight and confidence to guide decision-making during pediatric emergencies.

Session 4.

60 minutes, 1 contact hour

The Sweet Life

Angie Giegerich, MSN, RN, FNP-C, TCRN,
Director of Trauma Services, Centerpoint Medical Center, Independence, MO

This presentation focuses on differentiating Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes in children.  Told from both a clinical and personal perspective, this lecture reviews the challenges that children face with Type 1 Diabetes.  By the end of class, participants will understand the warning signs of diabetes, complications of hypo- and hyperglycemia, and technology available to manage diabetes.

Session 5.

60 minutes, 1 contact hour

Pediatric Respiratory Emergencies

Erin Kuhl, BSN, RN; STAT Nurse and Co-Coordinator, PSANE Program, University of Missouri Women’s & Children’s Hospital, Columbia, MO

Respiratory emergencies must be recognized and responded to quickly and efficiently in pediatric populations.  This presentation will help you recognize and treat symptoms of respiratory compromise in children.  Participants will learn to distinguish between respiratory distress and failure.  Participants will also learn to identify causes of upper and lower airway compromise as well as recommended treatments for common airway emergencies such as asthma, epiglottitis, viral illness, and foreign body aspiration.

Session 6.

30 minutes, 0.5 contact hour

Math is Hard. Make it Easy, Save a Kid

Liz Kendrick, EMT-P, EMSC Emergency Medical Services for Children, Program Coordinator, University of Missouri Hospital, Columbia, MO

This presentation will address the rate of medication dosing errors for pediatric patients and review the significance of these errors on a child’s care. Methods of eliminating dosing errors will be reviewed to help participants recognize that prevention requires more than just a cart with a dosing tool. Through the use of engaging, hands-on learning techniques, participants will recognize that we are all human and susceptible to dosing errors; and leave feeling empowered to make simple personal and system changes to create a safer, more effective care environment for pediatric patients.

Session 7. 

60 minutes, 1 contact hour

Not for Human Consumption

Angie Giegerich, MSN, RN, FNP-C, TCRN,
Director of Trauma Services, Centerpoint Medical Center, Independence, MO

This presentation will review some of the common street drugs found in local communities.  During this session, various classes and clinical manifestations of street drugs will be reviewed.  By the end of the session, participants will have a better understanding of each street drug action and treatment option.  

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