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Care of the Pediatric Surgical Patient Certificate Program

Explore the Nuanced Complexities of Pediatric Surgery

To keep their young patients safe, surgical teams must understand the anatomical and physiological differences between children and adults – particularly how a child’s continuous functional development affects every aspect of perioperative care.

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


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Pediatric Patient

Earn 2 CHs* Upon Certificate Completion

Stay current in pediatric surgical improvements such as:

  • diagnostic and interventional technologies
  • anesthetics and pain management
  • minimally invasive techniques
  • smaller more delicate instruments

Program objectives include:

  • Identifying key components of the perioperative pediatric assessment and plan of care.
  • Relating age-specific elements of the physiological and psychosocial perioperative assessment.
  • Relating appropriate prevention interventions used to address potential complications.
  • Identifying the relationship between developmental stages and age-appropriate interventions.
  • Identifying key components of the pediatric patient intra- and postoperative plan of care.
  • Citing three examples that demonstrate the differences in application of the Universal Protocol that are specific to the pediatric patient.
  • Identifying age-appropriate and family-centered interventions during the intraoperative and postoperative.

Pediatric Nursing Staff

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.


*To earn 2.0 Contact Hours, the learner must pass the posttest with a score of at least 80% and complete the course evaluation. The learner has access to the course for 4 months.
Contact hours for this course will expire on September 1, 2023.

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