Overview of Communicable Diseases in Children

Overview of Communicable Diseases in Children 

Symptoms such as fever, cough, and chills can alert you to the potential presence of a communicable disease in a child. When identified, these symptoms will aid in the detection of potential concerns in your work environment. Some symptoms are less obvious and may require careful inspection of the child to determine potential risk factors. Because children are exposed to a variety of environments, it is imperative that caregivers working with families have the ability to identify health care concerns quickly in order to stop the spread of disease processes. This course is designed for staff members working with children and their family members. You will review case scenarios and determine if signs and symptoms depict the presence of a communicable disease and the best way to manage the child and their environment. You will then review best practices in the identification of methods preventing the further spread of common communicable diseases. By the end of the course, you will be able to apply the knowledge gained to identify infection control practices and how to apply them in your own work environment.


Hours: 0.75


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Course Details

Course Code: REL-HHS-0-OCDC
Hours: 0.75
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 4/30/2021
Learning Objectives:
Identify common signs and symptoms of communicable diseases in children.
Discuss ways to interact with a child with a communicable disease.
State ways to prevent the spread of infection.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Identification of Communicable Diseases in Children A. Meet Julie B. What Is a Communicable Disease? C. Common Types of Communicable Diseases D. Signs and Symptoms to Recognize E. Review F. Summary Section 3: Management of Communicable Diseases A. How Are Diseases Spread? B. Interacting with a Sick Child C. Educational Considerations D. Review E. Summary Section 4: Prevention of Communicable Diseases A. Health Maintenance Plans B. Immunizations and Prevention Methods C. Environmental Cleanliness D. Review E. Summary Section 5: Conclusion A. Summary B. Congratulations

Instructor: Marissa Brown, MSN, RN, CPN
This course was written by Marissa Lemley Brown, MSN, RN, CPN. Marissa began her nursing career at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 2001 as a staff nurse working with the acute care pediatric population. When Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt was constructed as a freestanding facility in 2004, she transitioned to the Infant, Toddler, School Age Medicine and Pediatric Epilepsy Monitoring Unit. Over the course of 11 years, she has worked as a staff nurse, charge nurse, nurse educator, and clinical nursing instructor. Now as a member of the Nursing Education & Professional Development Team, Marissa works as a Nursing Professional Development Specialist for the Children’s Hospital. Beginning her family’s 4th generation of nurses, Marissa received her degree from Aquinas College in Nashville, Tennessee. She furthered her education through The University of Phoenix where she received a Master’s of Science in Nursing Education. Disclosure: Marissa Brown, MSN, RN, CPN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Entry level General Staff; in the following settings: Health and Human Services.
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