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The goal of this module is to familiarize the nurse with the assessment system and general assessment skills that provide the framework for data collection. This is an introductory level course to the general pediatric assessment process.

Learning Objectives

After successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Identify components of a systematic process for the pediatric critically ill or emergency patient
  • Describe the general data collected in a pediatric assessment
  • Identify the differences between pediatric and adult patients


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Emergency Nurses Association. (2012). Emergency nursing pediatric course: provider manual,
Fourth Edition, ENA: Des Plaines, IL. pp.41-80.

Hazinski, M. F. (1999). Children are different . In Hazinski, M. F. (Ed.), Manual of Pediatric Critical Care. Boston, MA: Mosby.

Melnyk, B., & Alpert-Gillis, L. (1998). The COPE program: A strategy to improve outcomes of
critically Ill young children and their parents. Pediatric Nursing, 24 (6), 521-527.

Urden, L.D., Stacy, K.M., & Lough, M.E. (2018). Critical Care Nursing Diagnosis and Management. (8th ed). Boston: Mosby.

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