Care of the Pediatric Surgical Patient Certificate Program


Explore the Nuanced Complexities of Pediatric Surgery

This course provides an overview of the anatomical and physiological differences between children and adults and reviews the developmental stages that establish the basis for safe care. Care of a child in the perioperative environment is a complex process due to the vast differences in children as they progress through the varying stages of development from neonatal through adolescence.

This program covers nursing interventions implemented during the perioperative phases of care. These interventions are multifaceted and consider the continuum of physiological and psychosocial changes occurring in the child.

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This new certificate program covers preop, intraop, and postop pediatric care topics.

Facilities Individuals
Course Outcomes:

After completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Discuss at least three major anatomical and physiological differences between children and adults as a basis for safe patient care.
  • Describe at least three components of each stage of development from neonatal through adolescence.
  • Use this knowledge to formulate an age-appropriate plan of care throughout the perioperative process.

Course Objectives:

  • Identify key components of the perioperative pediatric assessment.
  • Relate age-specific elements of the physiological and psychosocial perioperative assessment. 
  • Explain age-appropriate and developmentally appropriate interventions to prevent potential complications.
  • Identify key components of the pediatric patient’s perioperative plan of care.
  • Identify age-appropriate and family-centered interventions to use during the perioperative phases.

Who Will Benefit From This Course?

  • Experienced nurses who are not yet knowledgeable with, or who want a refresher on, pediatric perioperative care.
  • Nurse and surgical team members who want to expand into the pediatric surgical specialty.
  • Perioperative educators who want to build their pediatric surgical specialty offerings.