Pediatric Nursing Assessment

Pediatric Nursing Assessment 

In this course, you will gain knowledge in pediatric anatomic and physiological differences, which aids in recognizing normal variations during your exam. You will learn communication techniques to make the exam more comfortable for the child. By using resources and tools available, you will learn important warning signs that warrant immediate referral to other medical professionals. The content in this course is applicable to nursing professionals in any setting. 


Hours: 1.00


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Course Details

Course Code: REL-PAC-0-PNA
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 12/31/2022
Learning Objectives:
Identify at least three strategies to communicate effectively with children and their family and caregivers.
Describe at least three strategies to help ensure cooperation during an exam of the infant, child, and adolescent.
Explain the proper way to perform a pediatric head-to-toe assessment.
Describe the variances in sequence when performing a physical assessment on an infant, child, and adolescent.
List important signs in the infant, child, and adolescent that are concerning.
Select appropriate resource tools to use when assessing physical, cognitive, and social-emotional milestone development.

 Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: Strategies to Use for an Effective Interview

Getting Started



Body Language



Section 3: Strategies to Engage Cooperation

Reduce Stress

Stages of Psychosocial Development

Pearls of Wisdom



Section 4: Head-to-Toe Assessment

Head-to-Toe Assessment

Overall Appearance



Head, Eyes, Ears, Nose, Mouth, and Throat



Genital Area


Cranial Nerves




Section 5: The ABCs of an Emergent Initial Assessment





Vital Signs



Section 6: Pediatric Assessment Tools


Periodicity Schedule

Bright Futures™

Development and Psychosocial Assessment

Ages and Stages Questionnaire

Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers

The Pediatric Symptom Checklist

The HEEADSSS® Screening Tool

The CRAFFT® Screening Tool



Section 7: Conclusion


Course Contributor




Instructor: Jennifer W. Burks, R.N., M.S.N.

Jennifer W. Burks, R.N., M.S.N. has over 25 years of clinical and teaching experience, and her areas of expertise are critical care and home health. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Virginia in 1993 and her Master of Science in Nursing from The University of North Carolina, Greensboro in 1996. Her professional practice in education is guided by a philosophy borrowed from Florence Nightingale’s Notes on Nursing, “I do not pretend to teach her how, I ask her to teach herself, and for this purpose, I venture to give her some hints.” 

Disclosure: Jennifer W. Burks, R.N., M.S.N. 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: Nurses; in the following settings: Post-Acute Care.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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