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Developmentally Appropriate Care of the Pediatric Patient

Healthcare professionals should be committed to providing quality patient care. In order to do so, they must understand a patient's age-specific characteristics, needs, and challenges; this is especially true for pediatric patients. Understanding these features allows nurses to better meet their patients' needs. Healthcare staff must develop and demonstrate competencies related to age-specific patient care. This course will discuss the important age-specific characteristics of the pediatric patient from infancy to adolescence that will assist in improving competency and the quality of care delivered.

Courseware Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Define the term "competency"
  • Differentiate needs, characteristics, and related healthcare practices for the:
    1. Infant
    2. Toddler
    3. Preschooler
    4. Schoolchild
    5. Adolescent
  • Describe how age-specific competencies are acquired and assessed