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Course Description

This course is designed to prepare the nurse for the Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse (CPEN) Exam* by providing a comprehensive, focused review based on the detailed content outline in a manner that is easy to understand and apply to real world clinical scenarios. Modules related to pediatric emergencies, including trauma, specific body systems and environmental issues, will be presented. Additionally, test preparation and the medicolegal and ethical components of care will be discussed. Each module will cover the pathophysiology, common symptoms, assessment findings, appropri-ate nursing interventions and patient/family education for each diagnosis in a manner that engages the learner and encourages interactive learning.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Acquire the required knowledge for pediatric emergency diagnoses and interventions to successfully pass the certification exam.
  • Confidently relate components of triaging pediatric patients and address specific illness and injuries to include proper assessment parameters and nursing interventions in conjunction with executing patient and family-centered care.


Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. Each day includes a one-hour lunch (on your own), as well as a morning and afternoon break of 15 minutes each. The order of lectures presented and break times may vary according to speaker preference.

Day 1, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

  • About the Test, Test-Taking Skills
    Test Outline | Different Types of Test-Takers and Strategies
  • Triage of the Pediatric Patient
    Visual Assessment | Pediatric Assessment Triangle | Triage Priority Based on Acuity and Resources | Isolation
  • Professional Issues
    Consent for Treatment | Preservation of Forensic Evidence | Chain of Custody | Governmental Regulations | Emergency Preparation | Family-Centered Care | Evidence-Based Practice
  • Pain Control, Procedural Sedation
    Pain Assessment | Pharmacological and Nonpharmacological Interventions | Procedural Sedation
  • Physical Exam, History Taking
    Surveys | Behavioral Status, Risk | Milestones | Special Needs | Sexual Orientation | Perception | Family Dynamics
  • Shock: Recognition, Management
    Sepsis | Cardiogenic | Allergy Medication, Anaphylaxis
  • Respiratory Emergencies
    Upper Airway | Lower Airway
  • Cardiovascular Emergencies
    Rhythm Disturbances | Infections | Congenital Conditions
  • Toxicology, Dermatological Emergencies
    Ingestions/Poisoning | Carbon Monoxide | Drug Interactions/Withdrawal | Foreign Body | Infections | Rashes

Day 2, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

  • Neurological Emergenices
    Infections/Medications | Seizures | Shunt Dysfunction | Headache/Migraine/Tumor | Stroke | Congenital Conditions
  • Gastrointestinal Emergencies
    Foreign Body | Obstruction | Infections | Irritable Bowel Disease | Gastro Bleeding | Nutrition | Congenital Conditions
  • Genitourinary Emergencies
    Infections/Medications | Male Emergencies | OB/GYN Emergencies
  • HEENT Emergencies
    Maxillofacial | Ocular
  • Musculoskeletal Emergencies
    Foreign Body | Infections | Congenital Conditions | Fractures, Dislocations, Sprains | Compartment Syndrome
  • Neonatal Emergencies
    Infections | Hyperbilirubinemia | Thermoregulation | Fluid-Electrolyte Balance | Newborn Resuscitation
  • Behavioral Emergencies
    Self-Injury | Mood Disorders | Suicide | Homicidal Ideations | Acute Psychosis | Aggressive Behavior | Substance Abuse | PTSD | Pervasive Developmental Disorders
  • Medical Emergencies
    Hematologic/Oncologic | Endocrine/Metabolic | Communicable | Maltreatment | Environmental | Envenomation
  • Trauma
    Respiratory | Cardiovascular | Neurological | Gastrointestinal | Genitourinary | Skin

*CPEN® and the test name Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse exam are property of the trademark holder: the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN®).