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Pediatric Anesthesia Care Nursing Preceptorship 1 NSPE 7370

Nursing Specialty Pediatric Course

Course details

This first preceptorship course addresses care for patients in the preoperative stage. Learners will integrate theory and frameworks from the preceding course, developing comprehensive assessment skills and applying this knowledge to provide safe, competent and ethical nursing care for pediatric patients (and their families) who will be undergoing surgery, sedation and procedural anesthesia. By working in partnership with patients and families, learners will develop an understanding of unique patient and family situations. Learners will use critical thinking and develop their clinical decision-making skill as they work with preceptors to select and evaluate therapeutic interventions. They’ll continue to reflect on ethical issues and how to provide collaborative, family-centred care. Through the use of learning activities (case studies, application of a clinical decision-making framework, journaling and personal reflection), learners will build on the communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and systematic inquiry skills necessary to provide child and family-centred care in the pediatric anesthesia care setting.




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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Use a clinical decision-making framework to guide decisions in the provision of patient and family care.
  • Demonstrate independent clinical decision-making in pediatric anesthesia care nursing during the care of pediatric patients and their families.
  • Use therapeutic communication, collaboration and partnership skills in the development and maintenance of nurse–child and nurse–family relationships.
  • Document and articulate assessment findings and patient, family, and nursing concerns in a systematic and comprehensive manner.
  • Provide competent nursing care that acknowledges and encourages collaboration with the patient, family and other inter-professional team members.
  • Plan, implement and evaluate nursing care of pediatric patients and their families that reflects consideration of available resources, principles of growth and development, knowledge of normal and pathologic physiology, family-centred care, and standards of practice.
  • Provide safe, competent and ethical nursing care for pediatric patients (and their families) who are preparing to undergo sedation and general anesthesia.
  • Identify common issues that may contribute to post-operative complications or respiratory/cardiac arrest in pediatric patients who are undergoing sedation and general anesthesia.
  • Provide safe, competent and ethical nursing care for pediatric patients experiencing anticipatory pain or situational pain.
  • Safely prepare, administer and monitor medications for pediatric patients.
  • Participate in ethical decision-making in the pediatric anesthesia care setting.
  • Assess the learning needs of pediatric patients and families, and provide instructions to help them learn the required knowledge and skills to manage care upon discharge.
  • Initiate peripheral IV therapy, manage complex infusions, manage complications of central lines, and administer IV direct medications to pediatric patients.

Effective as of Fall 2023

Related Programs

Pediatric Anesthesia Care Nursing Preceptorship 1 (NSPE 7370) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Health Sciences

  1. Pediatric Nursing Specialty (Anesthesia Care Option)
    Advanced Certificate Part-time


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