Trauma is the leading cause of death from infancy to adulthood, accounting for nearly 40% of all pediatric deaths. While only five percent of pediatric emergency department (ED) visits represent true life-threatening medical or surgical emergencies, acute illness still remains a dominant source of unnecessary pediatric deaths. In many instances, these preventable pediatric deaths are the result of delayed recognition and treatment by emergency department personnel. Proper intervention by educated emergency care professionals may have prevented such deaths and disabilities.
Consider these facts. . .
In spite of national pediatric trauma statistics, there are a limited number of EDs throughout the country that have specialized pediatric centers. Nurses working in today's EDs must strengthen their pediatric emergency nursing skills in order to meet the needs of this diverse population and provide quality nursing care. Do you have the required knowledge? As a nurse treating pediatric patients, you must have the knowledge and skills to positively affect patient outcome.
Why a course in Pediatric Emergency Nursing?
Recognizing the need for a course in pediatric emergency nursing, the Emergency Nurses Association developed the Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course (ENPC). Designed with the belief that knowledge and preparation are the core of any discipline, ENPC was developed to educate nurses on caring for acutely ill and injured children. The course teaches participants to recognize the ill or injured child and identify significant, yet subtle changes in the less acute child. Additionally, the course teaches all aspects of pediatric emergency nursing, including, but not limited to pediatric trauma or resuscitation. The ultimate goal of the course is to improve the care of the pediatric patient by increasing the knowledge, skill, and confidence of emergency nurses.
About the Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course. . .
ENPC is a 16-hour course designed to provide core-level pediatric knowledge and psychomotor skills needed to care for pediatric patients in the emergency setting. The course presents a systematic assessment model, integrates the associated anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology, and identifies appropriate interventions. Triage categorization and prevention strategies are included in the course content. ENPC is taught using a variety of formats, including lectures, videotapes and includes skill stations that encourage participants to integrate their psychomotor abilities into a patient situation in a risk-free setting.
ENA's Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course provides participants the opportunity to strengthen and develop their pediatric emergency nursing skills while expanding their personal growth by collaborating with nurses from a variety of practice settings. ENPC brings together participants from various emergency department settings as well as nurses working in other specialties of nursing.
Highlights of the ENPC include:
Information taken from National ENA website, visit their site at www.ena.org.