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Essentials of Pediatric Critical Care

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Course Description

Caring for complex critically ill children is both rewarding and challenging. Essentials of Pediatric Critical Care is a course designed to assist pediatric critical care nurses to learn how to think quickly and independently to assess patients and provide immediate care.

This course will use a systems approach to review the essential aspects of nursing care in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Teaching methods to be utilized during this review include lecture, case studies, discussion and practice questions. The information provided will benefit the critical care nurse through the enhancement of knowledge concerning the continuum of care for the pediatric critical care patient.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Review test-taking strategies.
  • Review the AACN Synergy Model.
  • Review critical physiology of each core body system.
  • Discuss significant assessment and diagnostic findings for each core body system.
  • Discuss etiology, pathophysiology, clinical presentation, diagnostic findings and specific patient management of commonly seen critical care conditions.


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 4:00 pm

  • Neurology
  • Renal
  • Cardiovascular
  • Endocrine
  • Synergy
  • Sample Questions

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Hematology and Immunology
  • Pulmonary
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Shock, MOSF and Trauma
  • Toxicology, Near-Drowning and Oncological Emergencies
  • Sample Questions