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Cardiovascular Nursing: A Comprehensive Guide to Patient Care, 2nd Edition – N2111

Disclosure: This course is presented by Elite Professional Education LLC

Course release date: 7/1/2020
Course expiration date: 7/1/2023

About the Course
With the prevalence of cardiovascular disease, nurses must be equipped with the knowledge and skills to aid in promoting health and cardiovascular disease reduction. This comprehensive course provides information to support nurses working across all healthcare settings who care for patients at risk for or that already have cardiovascular disease. Beginning with a foundation of cardiovascular anatomy and physiology, the course then progresses into the pathophysiology of cardiovascular disease. The content presented in the cardiovascular medications and risk factors chapter is referenced throughout the course as cardiovascular disease processes are discussed. Nursing application points in the clinical setting are integrated throughout to help in identifying key issues in the care of patients with cardiovascular disease.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Apply knowledge of the basic structures of the heart and their physiological functions.
  • Discuss the impact that epidemiology and behavioral/nonbehavioral risk factors have on the development of cardiovascular disease.
  • Identify the significance of the comprehensive cardiovascular health history and physical examination.
  • Discuss ways pharmacology is used to improve myocardial performance and increase myocardial oxygen supply for acute and chronic cardiovascular diseases.
  • Discuss ways surgical interventions and implantable cardiac devices are used to improve cardiac performance for acute and chronic cardiovascular diseases.
  • Differentiate acute from chronic cardiovascular diseases.
  • Discuss the nursing considerations for common acute cardiovascular disease management throughout the continuum of presentation, diagnosis, and treatment.
  • Discuss the nursing considerations associated with cardiovascular revascularization therapies and implantable devices.

About the Authors:
Leanne H. Fowler, DNP, MBA, AGACNP-BC, CNE, is an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and serves as the Director of Nurse Practitioner Programs at Louisiana State University Health – New Orleans, School of Nursing. Dr. Fowler has more than 13 years of nursing experience with specialty certification as a Critical Care RN and over five years’ experience as an AGACNP in Hospital and Emergency Medicine. 

Sherry L. Rivera DNP, APRN, ANP-C, is an Adult Nurse Practitioner and an Instructor of Clinical Nursing at Louisiana State University Health – New Orleans, School of Nursing. Dr. Rivera has more than 29 years of nursing experience and more than six years as an ANP in nephrology practice. 

Kendra M. Barrier, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE, is the Assistant Dean for Student Services at Louisiana State University Health – New Orleans, School of Nursing. Dr. Barrier has more than 19 years of nursing experience, including nine years as an emergency room nurse and five in intensive care where she developed expertise in cardiac emergency care. 
30 Hrs

Depression: A Major Public Health Concern

Disclosure: This course is presented by Elite Professional Education LLC

About the Course

This course provides current, evidence-based information about depression for nurses from a variety of backgrounds.  This includes: depression as an illness; the diagnostic criteria for different depression disorders; suicidal ideation and how to intervene; genetics and the brain; bipolar illness; the mechanisms of action of antidepressants, including potential adverse events and special considerations for the use of different medications; models of depression; different treatment approaches to help patients with depression; chronic illness and depression; substance use; anxiety disorders related to depression; and depression in special populations.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Relate the impact of depression on individuals and society, the cost and causes of depression, and the effects of depression stigmatization.
  • Describe the symptoms of depressive disorders, the diagnostic categories, and the criteria for each disorder.
  • Describe suicide and the power it has on individuals, families, and friends.
  • Describe the influences of genetics and how the brain affects depression disorders.
  • Identify key signs and symptoms of the diagnosis of bipolar and related disorders.
  • Discuss the different theoretical models for explaining depression and bipolar disorders.
  • Describe the actions of psychotropic medications to treat depressive, bipolar, and related disorders.
  • Describe the treatment approaches to help patients suffering from depressive disorders or bipolar disorder.
  • Contrast chronic illness with depression.
  • Describe substance use disorders.
  • Describe anxiety disorders and their relationships to depression.
  • Describe the challenges and issues that special patient populations with depression and other mental health issues experience.

About the Author:
Reg Arthur Williams, PhD, APRN-BC, FAAN

Reg Arthur Williams, PhD, APRN-BC, FAAN, is professor emeritus at the School of Nursing and Psychiatry, Medical School at the University of Michigan. He received his bachelor of science in nursing in 1968 and then reported to activity duty in the U.S. Navy, stationed at the Naval Hospitals in Pensacola, Florida, and St. Albans, New York. After active duty, he received his master’s degree in psychosocial nursing from the University of Washington, Seattle, in 1973 and then taught at the University of Washington School of Nursing in Psychosocial Nursing. He completed his PhD in higher education in 1980 and became chair of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing at University of Michigan, where he taught undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students. As a board-certified clinical nurse specialist and nurse practitioner in the state of Michigan, he continues to carry a small caseload of patients at the University of Michigan Depression Center, where he provides psychotherapy and medication management. He has conducted research on depression and was the principal investigator in research funded over a 15-year period by the Department of Defense, TriService Nursing Research Program, to examine stress and depression among young men and woman in military service. He has written four books and authored more than 80 journal publications.

Course release date: 2/21/2019
Course expiration date: 2/21/2022

This course provides current, evidence-based information about depression for nurses from a variety of backgrounds.  This includes: depression as an illness; the diagnostic criteria for different depression disorders; suicidal ideation and how to intervene; genetics and the brain; bipolar illness; the mechanisms of action of antidepressants, including potential adverse events and special considerations for the use o
25 Hrs

Diabetes Essentials for Nurses, 3rd Edition – N2110

Disclosure: This course is presented by Elite Professional Education LLC

Course release date: 2/26/2019
Course expiration date: 2/26/2022

About the Course
This course provides a comprehensive overview of diabetes for nurses practicing in a variety of settings to provide safe, evidence-based care.  With this knowledge, nurses can assist patients with diabetes in learning successful self-management practices and becoming more aware of resources to help reduce the risk of long-term complications, thus improving their quality of life. Effective self-management requires that nurses learn the body of knowledge relevant to the disease state, weigh the benefits and risks of various medication options, understand a range of interventions/treatments that improve diabetes outcomes, and help patients develop skills (both physical and behavioral) to support these choices. With the management of diabetes becoming increasingly involved, keeping up to date on new treatment options and standards is critical as nurses play a major role in diabetes prevention, care, and management.  

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Describe the mechanisms of normal glucose metabolism and the physiologic changes and expected signs and symptoms of diabetes mellitus.
  • Discuss goals and strategies for including healthy meal planning.
  • Discuss the role of physical activity and exercise in diabetes.
  • Discuss current pharmacologic strategies used in managing diabetes and relevant nursing considerations.
  • Discuss the use of insulin and injectable therapies.
  • Discuss surveillance and monitoring techniques for optimal diabetes management and control.
  • Discuss the use of complementary and alternative medicine.
  • Discuss the major acute and chronic complications of diabetes and strategies for risk reduction.
  • Recognize how illness affects blood glucose control and the strategies used for sick-day management.
  • Discuss the emotional responses faced by patients living with diabetes.
  • Describe teaching considerations to facilitate health behavior change.
  • Identify issues related to diabetes management in the older adult population.

About the Author:
James A. Fain, PhD, RN, BC-ADM, FAADE, FAAN, is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Graduate School of Nursing in Worcester, MA. He’s the recipient of the Allene Van Son Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of Diabetes Educators and a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. Dr. Fain is board-certified in advanced diabetes management and is currently editor-in-chief of The Diabetes Educator, the official journal of the American Association of Diabetes Educators.
24 Hrs

Diabetes in Children, 4th Edition – N2103

Disclosure: This course is presented by Elite Professional Education LLC

Course release date: 8/1/2020
Course expiration date: 8/1/2023
About the Course

Diabetes mellitus, both type 1 and type 2, is a complex, chronic metabolic disease that is becoming increasingly common in children. Nurses are increasingly functioning within an interprofessional team to provide chronic disease management in the chronic care model to improve outcomes in youth with diabetes. This course presents the complex metabolic, developmental, emotional, and social implications for a child with diabetes and the family. The course discusses the unique considerations for this population to help the nurse provide supportive and flexible care. Also critically important is the nurse’s role in providing education to the parents or caregivers, as well as education appropriate to the child’s developmental level. 

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this courrse, the learner will be able to:
  • Review the primary care practices for the prevention and early recognition of diabetes in children.
  • Describe the treatment and complications of acute hyperglycemia.
  • Describe the pharmacologic management and treatment goals for children with diabetes.
  • Describe the application of teaching, learning, and the adherence of diabetes self-management.
  • Explain the various medical nutrition therapies for children with diabetes.
  • Describe the major health benefits of physical activity for individuals with diabetes.
  • Discuss the patterns and management of using glucose data to achieve glycemic targets.
  • Recognize the patterns and use management strategies to manage hyperglycemia and hyperglycemia.
  • Discuss the four major types of diabetic complications as well as the modifiable risk factors for each.
  • Discuss the scope and implementation of using insulin pumps in pediatric diabetes.
  • Describe the major medical and legal guidelines involved in caring for children with diabetes in school and daycare settings.

About the Author:
Cindy K. Lybarger, APRN, CDE

Cindy K. Lybarger, APRN, CDE, has been a pediatric nurse for over 30 years and a nurse practitioner for over 20 years. She began her career as a pediatric critical care nurse and has worked as a staff nurse, nurse educator, and clinical nurse specialist and is currently in full-time practice as a family nurse practitioner, diabetes educator, and diabetes program coordinator in the Children’s Diabetes Program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Ms. Lybarger holds a faculty appointment in the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Endocrinology. She participates in an annual conference for school nurses, presents at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing to pediatric nurse practitioner students about managing diabetes in children, and actively precepts nurse practitioner students.
20 Hrs

Healthy Aging, 3rd Edition – N2104

Disclosure: This course is presented by Elite Professional Education LLC

Course release date: 5/12/2020
Course expiration date: 5/12/2023
About the Course
It is astounding to think that a little more than 100 years ago, the average life expectancy was 48 years. With the amazing advances in science, technology, and overall living conditions during the last century, the older adult population has grown substantially. Being aware of shifting demographics, leading causes of death and related preventive measures, and how to support seniors in adopting healthy behaviors is key to being able to maximally support the elders of the population to enjoy healthy living and aging. This course provides nurses and healthcare professionals with the additional knowledge to help encourage, teach, and guide older adults to actively practice healthy lifestyles for optimal living. The course presents the needs of the older adult patient to help healthcare professionals develop person-centered plans to provide satisfactory care and improve patient outcomes. Additionally, the course will set the stage for developing a healthier society for all to age well and successfully.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Examine key concepts for healthy living.
  • Compare and contrast the key attributes for supporting the older adult to stay healthy.
  • Examine the common health conditions associated with aging.
  • Evaluate essential components of providing high-quality healthcare for older adults.
  • Analyze key elements that constitute a safe environment for older adults.
About the Author

Dianne L. Haas, PhD, RN, independent senior consultant, is a tenured healthcare professional with over 50 years of experience in the industry, serving in clinical, business, educational, research, and consulting roles. Her passion, experience, and education provide her with a strong background in the provision of high-quality consulting services. Dr. Haas has served in an educator role to nurses, healthcare administrators, physicians, health information management, and clinical documentation improvement staff, and most recently, senior citizens and their families who are seeking health advocacy support. She participates as a member of the Medical Care Advisory Committee for the State of Michigan, which provides advice to the director of the Michigan Medicaid program. She also serves as patient- and family-centered care adviser to Michigan Medicine for the University of Michigan Health System.
15 Hrs

Helping the Patient Who is Obese Find Success, 3rd Edition – N2105

Disclosure: This course is presented by Elite Professional Education LLC

Course release date: 2/25/2019
Course expiration date: 2/25/2022

About the Course
Two thirds of the adult population in the U.S. are overweight and more than one third are obese.  Nurses are positioned to help obese patients develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle, thus reducing and preventing further developments of obesity and comorbidities.  This course provides nurses with expert knowledge including communication techniques to foster therapeutic relationships to help patients manage their health and weight, meet their weight loss goals, and overcome obesity.  The course reviews the topic of obesity, its etiology, and the associated health risks and techniques for assessing the patient’s specific problems. The course integrates learning with case studies and presents tools to apply concepts of behavioral factors, goal setting, and a supportive environment to help patients maintain success.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Define obesity and outline the methods used to measure obesity in adults and children.
  • Identify risk factors and health consequences associated with obesity.
  • Describe techniques used to measure resting metabolic rate, physical activity, and fitness.
  • Identify the most common theories of behavior that relate to healthy weight management.
  • Describe communication strategies that foster a therapeutic relationship with the patient.
  • Identify evidence-based approaches to dietary modification.
  • Describe non-dieting philosophies for obesity management.
  • Describe the clinical application of pharmacotherapy and the use of commercial weight-loss supplements.
  • Describe bariatric surgery and other treatment options for severe obesity.
  • Discuss the means to facilitate lifelong weight loss maintenance in patients with obesity.

About the Author:
Wayne C. Miller, PhD, is the Dean of the College of Science, Department of Nursing, at Morehead State University.  Dr. Miller was the program director for the Center for Rural and Community Health at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, where he also taught nutrition and physiology courses. Dr. Miller has published more than 70 research articles on obesity and metabolism and has authored ten books. Dr. Miller was the clinical director of three weight loss centers and continues to counsel patients who are overweight. 
20 Hrs

Maternal Newborn Nursing, 6th Edition – N2106

Disclosure: This course is presented by Elite Professional Education LLC

Course release date: 1/13/2019
Course expiration date: 1/13/2022

About the Course
This course presents information for nurses caring for women, children, and families in a variety of settings. The comprehensive content provides a chronological view of a woman’s journey from conception to post-delivery, the importance of self-care, care of the newborn, and how the nursing process guides the critical role of the nurse at each stage.  Some content presented may be more applicable to nurses working in specialized clinical areas.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Discuss global and national trends in childbirth and infant mortality rates and current issues in maternal and newborn nursing.
  • Discuss the importance of preconception and prenatal care and the nurse’s role in promoting positive pregnancy outcomes.
  • Discuss the purpose of childbirth preparation and nurses’ role. 
  • Discuss the forces, stages, methods of delivery, potential maternal and fetal complications that may occur during labor, and related nursing interventions.
  • Discuss the causes of pain associated with labor and childbirth and pain relief options.
  • Identify physiological and psychological changes that normally occur after childbirth.
  • Discuss the nutritional needs of the infant, factors to consider when choosing a method of feeding.
  • Discuss characteristics of the newborn, nursing interventions relative to the newborn assessment, and key topics in mother/caregiver education.
  • Describe the elements postpartum follow-up examinations and patient education.

About the Authors:
Elizabeth P. West, RNC, has been practicing in labor and delivery for more than three decades and is a nursing practice specialist for labor and delivery at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA.

Christine Just, RN, MSN, CNM, is director of the Provider Council for the South Shore Health System, Weymouth, MA and works as a certified nurse midwife and consultant with 25+ years of maternity care experience.

Michelle Doran, RN, MS, has 20 years of administrative and clinical practice in pediatrics and maternal-newborn nursing in various healthcare settings and the health plan industry and has authored several articles on women and children’s health. 

Patricia Hojnowski-Diaz, MS, MBA, RN, is a clinician and leader with practice experience including quality and safety, the patient experience, women’s health, and pediatric care, with leadership roles in acute care and home care settings. 
25 Hrs

Nursing Care of the Older Adult, 3rd edition – N2107 N

Disclosure: This course is presented by Elite Professional Education LLC

Course release date: 1/31/2019
Course expiration date: 1/31/2022

About the Course
Nursing care of the older adult is a challenging task requiring knowledge, skill, and a desire to work with this population. This course presents the basic principles, knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to provide nursing care to older adults and their families. The course reviews the major concerns and issues facing older adults, such as chronic conditions, common clinical problems and psychosocial issues, and methods to handle these concerns.  Topics presented include issues affecting older adults and viewing the patient as a holistic individual.  Additionally, the course discusses and dispels some common myths of aging.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Identify significant factors that can influence the aging process and health of older adults.
  • Discuss theories of aging, including normal age-related changes.
  • Describe basic principles of care for nurses working with older adults.
  • Describe issues associated with drug therapy in older adults and implications for safe medication practices.
  • Describe geriatric syndromes and their impact on the health of the older adult.
  • Identify common cognitive changes of the older adult and strategies for behavioral management.
  • Describe common chronic diseases of older adulthood and their implications for nursing practice.
  • Describe changes that occur to the sensory system due to aging and their implications for nursing care of the older adult.
  • Identify common mental health problems in the aging population and discuss their treatment.
  • Identify how psychosocial factors affect the older adult’s overall well-being and health.
  • Describe the importance of prevention and rehabilitative therapies to achieve and maintain the maximum level of functioning in the older adult.
  • Discuss special issues in the older adult age group.
  • Explore key issues of the older adult in different care settings.
  • Describe legal issues that are pertinent to the older adult.
About the Author:
Cheryl A. Lehman, PhD, RN, CNS-BC, RN-BC, CRRN, is the clinical coordinator for the Hill Country Mission for Health, where she oversees all clinical activities and patient care. A nurse for 38 years, her clinical experiences include medical-surgical, rehabilitation, and geriatric nursing. She is board-certified as a rehabilitation, gerontological, and clinical nurse specialist.  Dr. Lehman is the immediate past president of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) and is the author and editor of the ARN Rehabilitation Nursing Core Curriculum, 7th Edition textbook.  From 2010 to 2016, she served as chair of the Data Safety Management Board for the Strong Star Consortium and the Consortium to Alleviate PTSD research studies on post-traumatic stress disorder (funded by the U.S. Department of Defense) through the Department of Psychiatry at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
31 Hrs

Nursing Leadership in Today’s Healthcare Climate – N2101

Disclosure: This course is presented by Elite Professional Education LLC

Course release date: 4/1/2020
Course expiration date: 4/1/2023

About the Course
Today’s nurse leader is not only required, but expected, to work in a rapidly changing, competitive, and complex, healthcare arena – an environment that embraces and demands the use of new, cutting edge medical knowledge, expertise, technology, and informatics. Some contemporary issues that nurse leaders face include the use of a variety of settings where care is provided outside of acute-care hospitals, greater diversity in both the patient and healthcare workforce, impacts on nursing healthcare providers’ (advanced practice nurses, clinical nurse specialists, clinical nurse leaders) roles and functions, and the need for healthcare professionals to work in interprofessional teams. This course provides an overview of today’s complex healthcare arena discussing the numerous contemporary issues nurse leaders must face on a daily basis.  The course presents the various healthcare environments and structures and discusses and outlines required core competencies of nurse leaders. Detailed explanations, tools, examples, and resources are provided to help the learner appreciate, develop, and apply these core competencies and skills at their own practice.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Discuss how specific contemporary issues in healthcare impact nurse leaders.
  • Discuss how various health care delivery systems impact nurse staffing and practice models.
  • Explain the core competencies that nurse leaders need in order to be proficient and why.
  • Compare and contrast the stages of conflict and the models of conflict resolution.
  • Explain how leadership competencies are evaluated in clinical practice.
  • Analyze economic, social, and demographic forces that drive the development of healthcare organizations.
  • Discuss three components of teamwork and collaboration.
About the Authors:

Antoinette Towle, EdD, MSN, APRN, PNP-BC, SNP-BC, is an Associate Professor at Southern Connecticut State University and an American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) Board-Certified Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN). Dr. Towle has worked as a professional nurse for 30+  years within a wide variety of capacities and healthcare settings. Presently, Dr. Towle teaches both graduate and undergraduate nursing students, with a focus on nursing leadership, understanding, respecting, and appreciating cultural diversity, health promotion, and integration of these key components into clinical practice. She was the first to create and continue to lead a nursing service-learning program abroad for students in Jamaica, China, Nicaragua, Peru, and Armenia.

Maria D. Krol, DNP, MSN, RNC-NIC, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Nursing at Southern Connecticut State University. She is faculty in the graduate program teaching transforming nursing leadership through policy and advocacy.  Her expertise includes a leadership role in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit, Case Manager at Bridgeport Hospital and Service Coordinator for patients admitted to burn unit, vascular service, and the entire maternal-child health line. In her 25+ year career, Dr. Krol has had various roles in medical, surgical, and public health nursing and is the president of Sigma Theta Tau (STT) International Honor Society of Nursing, as well as a founding member and Past President of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses-CT Chapter.
17 Hrs

Oncology Nursing, 4th Edition – N2108

Disclosure: This course is presented by Elite Professional Education LLC

Course release date: 2/21/2019
Course expiration date: 2/21/2022

About the Course
This course presents content for nurses caring for patients with cancer in any setting and provides updated information for certification preparation. The course will empower nurses to optimize patient outcomes, by incorporating into their practice, a solid foundation in their approach to care of patients with cancer. Further specialization in the many aspects of oncology nursing care can also follow this overview.

Learning Outcomes: 
Upon completion of this course, the learner should be able to:
  • Describe cancer trends in the United States and worldwide based on epidemiologic statistics.
  • Describe risk factors for cancer development and prevention and screening methods.
  • Discuss methods used to diagnose the presence of malignancy, 
  • Discuss cancer treatment modalities, including surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and selected targeted and immunologic therapies.
  • Differentiate complementary, alternative, and integrative therapies and their role in the support of cancer patients during their treatments and in their overall well-being.
  • Describe ethical considerations important to conducting clinical research with human subjects who have cancer. 
  • Recognize the most common side effects associated with cancer treatment, signs and symptoms of oncologic emergencies, and nursing interventions.
  • Describe epidemiologic trends relating to lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and leukemia and other malignancies
  • Discuss important aspects of survivorship care, palliative care, the hospice model, pain management, and quality-of-life and end-of-life.

About the Authors:
Marcelle Kaplan, MS, RN, CNS, is an oncology nursing consultant and a 15-year member of the Cancer Institutional Review Board of the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York. 

Contributing authors:
  • Karen Conley, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
  • Diane G. Cope, PhD, ARNP, BC, AOCNP
  • Catherine Glennon, RN, MHS, NE-BC, OCN
  • Suzanne M. Mahon, RN, DNSc, AOCN, AGN-BC
  • Tina M. Mason, MSN, APRN, AOCN, AOCNS
  • Anna Liza Rodriguez, MHA, MSN, RN, OCN.
47 Hrs

Pediatric Health and Physical Assessment, 3rd Edition – N2109

Disclosure: This course is presented by Elite Professional Education LLC 

Course release date: 2/18/2019
Course expiration date: 2/18/2022

About the Course
Nurses, the primary caregivers in many pediatric healthcare settings, need specialized skills to accurately assess pediatric patients during health and illness, promptly identify potentially significant changes in a pediatric patient’s condition, and provide safe, quality care to children and adolescents. This course provides a collection of information for a comprehensive, subjective pediatric health history, performing a systematic physical examination, and understanding common pediatric conditions.  The course not only provides an introduction to pediatric health assessment for nurses with limited pediatric experience, but also serves as a refresher course for nurses caring for children in a variety of healthcare settings.  

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Identify elements necessary for effective nurse-patient communication.
  • Describe the anatomy and physiology of various body systems relative to the pediatric patient.
  • List specific questions to be asked when conducting a comprehensive health history.
  • Describe techniques utilized in performing a physical examination on a pediatric patient.
  • Recognize common abnormalities that may be found when completing the physical examination of a pediatric patient.
  • Identify psychiatric emergencies in children and adolescents.

About the Authors:

Mikki Meadows-Oliver, PhD, MPH, RN, is an associate professor at Quinnipiac University School of Nursing and has taught pediatric health assessment to nursing students for more than a decade. She has been a pediatric nurse since 1994 and a pediatric nurse practitioner since 1998. Dr. Meadows-Oliver has written several book chapters and articles and has presented both nationally and internationally on issues related to pediatric health. She is a past president of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners.

Lisa M. Rebeschi, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE, is an associate professor at Southern Connecticut State University, Department of Nursing and is currently the department chairperson and has previously held positions as undergraduate program coordinator and quality improvement coordinator. Dr. Rebeschi is credentialed as a certified nurse educator by the National League for Nursing (NLN) and has previously served on the Certified Nurse Educator Exam (CNE) Test Development Committee for the NLN. She teaches a variety of courses across the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs within the Department of Nursing.

Antoinette Towle, EdD, MSN, APRN, is an associate professor at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU), Department of Nursing. She has been an American Nurses Credentialing Center board-certified pediatric and school health nurse practitioner since 1999, working for more than 15 years with children and adolescents in a wide variety of community settings. Ms. Towle has extensive expertise in working with children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral difficulties and in school-based health. She is currently teaching nursing to both undergraduate and graduate nursing students at SCSU.
20 Hrs