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NSER 7610 - Pediatric Emergency Nursing Theory 1

Nursing Specialty Emergency Part-time Studies Course

School of Health Sciences

Course Details

This course introduces the unique and highly specialized area of pediatric emergency nursing. Family Centered Care is a core concept threaded throughout this and subsequent theory courses. A primary focus in this time limited, rapidly changing clinical environment is the care and perspectives of the pediatric patient and their family. This course introduces pediatric emergency assessment, urgency determination, and diagnostic reasoning while considering children’s growth and development stages and the unique physiology of the different pediatric age groups. Students will work through case studies of system based, non-complex, and common pediatric emergency presentations and begin to explore various basic nursing skills necessary in a pediatric emergency environment. This course emphasizes decision making, examination of pathophysiology, and assessment.


NSER 7110 and NSCC 7150 and NSER 7210 and NSER 7300 and NSER 7410 and NSER 7500



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Gravitying Outcomes

In this course, learners will have opportunities to use the processes of critical thinking, systematic inquiry, communication, collaboration, leadership and professionalism. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Describe the unique characteristics of pediatric emergency departments (PEDs) and unique qualities of pediatric emergency nursing practice.
  • Describe expected characteristics of pediatric patients in the different growth and development stages.
  • Determine age-appropriate techniques for performing a variety of common emergency interventions and diagnostics.
  • Describe the general approach and assessment techniques for pediatric patients of all ages.
  • Identify effective communication strategies to use with pediatric patients of various ages and their families.
  • Describe the underlying pathophysiology, assessment, and anticipated treatment of a variety of non-complex health challenges in children, such as: urinary tract infections, asthma, and febrile seizures.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the level of urgency and prioritization of care for pediatric emergency patients.
  • Apply knowledge of the unique anatomy and pathophysiology of major body systems of pediatric patients to clinical findings in common emergency presentations.
  • Outline key principles of patient and family-centered care in pediatric emergency care.
  • Explain the importance of understanding the phenomenological or “lived experience” of pediatric patients and their families and the impact on pediatric emergency nursing care.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of appropriate pharmacological interventions for non-complex pediatric emergency patient presentations
  • Apply the components of the pediatric emergency assessment framework to a variety of common and non-complex pediatric patient presentations.
  • Apply the concepts of the oxygen supply and demand framework to a variety of common pediatric patient presentations.
  • Explain the impact of pediatric patient’s unique anatomy and physiology on the components of the oxygen supply and demand framework.
  • Interpret a variety of pediatric arterial blood gas (ABG) results and cardiac rhythms and determine the clinical significance and underlying pathophysiology of these findings.
  • Evaluate the potential implications of diverse cultural backgrounds on emergency care of pediatric patients.
  • Outline basic legal and ethical considerations related to guardianship, consent, confidentiality, and pediatric patients leaving emergency departments before being seen and treated.
  • Determine age-appropriate pain assessment and intervention strategies, including pharmacological and non-pharmacological pain management techniques.
  • Describe techniques for safe pediatric medication administration in emergency care settings.
  • Outline the indications and special considerations for physical restraint of children.
  • Outline the significance of childhood immunizations in emergency care of pediatric patients. 

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2017

Related Programs

NSER 7610 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Health Sciences

  1. Emergency Nursing Specialty (Pediatric Emergency Option)
    Part-time/Distance & Online Gravitying   Advanced Certificate
  2. Pediatric Emergency Nursing Specialty
    Part-time/Distance & Online Gravitying   Advanced Certificate
  3. Pediatric Nursing Specialty (Pediatric Emergency Option)
    Part-time/Distance & Online Gravitying   Advanced Certificate


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