This course introduces the unique and highly specialized area of pediatric anesthesia care nursing, focusing specifically on the preoperative phase. Building on the concepts presented in Pediatric Nursing Theory 1 and 2, learners will work through foundational concepts of perianesthetic care, while considering children’s growth and development stages and the unique physiology of the different pediatric age groups. Learners will develop a deeper understanding of pediatric pathophysiology, assessment, and decision-making related to a variety of contexts experienced by the child or adolescent who is undergoing sedation and anesthesia. In addition, learners will further explore chronic illness; renal sufficiency; respiratory, neurological and cardiac assessments; chronic illness; mental health; and pain management in the context of the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU). Finally, learners will be challenged to make clinical decisions and plan care for selected individuals who will be undergoing sedation and general anesthetic procedures. Family-centred care, relational and inter-professional practice, professionalism, communication, collaboration and partnership are core concepts threaded throughout this and all subsequent pediatric anesthesia care courses.
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As licensed health care practitioners, learners will practice in accordance with professional standards of practice throughout the course. They will use the processes of critical thinking, systematic inquiry, communication, collaboration, leadership, professionalism and clinical decision-making. Upon successful completion of this course, learners should be able to:
- Describe the context of pediatric anesthesia care nursing practice and recognize the unique experience of the pediatric patient (and their family) undergoing surgery and procedural anesthesia.
- Apply the concepts of family-centred care and relational practice within the context of pediatric anesthesia care settings.
- Describe the role of inter-professional collaborative practice within pediatric anesthesia care contexts.
- Identify how the unique anatomical and physiological characteristics of various pediatric body systems are impacted within the context of pediatric anesthesia care settings.
- Identify the unique considerations required when caring for the PACU pediatric patient with special behavioural, emotional or mental health needs.
- Demonstrate an understanding of implications of surgery on existing health challenges/chronic illness and effects on patient's recovery from anesthesia and on peri-operative care.
- Integrate principles of normal growth and development in the care of the PACU pediatric patient within the context of pediatric anesthesia care settings.
- Critically analyze data, form and prioritize conclusions, and plan nursing care to optimize oxygen supply and demand for a pediatric PACU patient who is experiencing nausea, vomiting and issues with thermoregulation using knowledge of unique pediatric anatomy and pathophysiology, clinical presentation and comprehensive assessment.
- Explain the concepts of oxygen supply and demand during the care of the PACU pediatric patient.
- Interpret multiple sources of information to comprehensively assess the status and inform clinical decision-making for a pediatric patient who is undergoing sedation and anesthesia.
- Determine age-appropriate pain assessment strategies, including pharmacological and non-pharmacological pain management techniques.
- Describe and justify techniques for safe medication administration in pediatric anesthesia care settings.
Effective as of Fall 2023
Pediatric Anesthesia Care Nursing Theory 1 (NSPE 7360) is offered as a part of the following programs:
School of Health Sciences
- Pediatric Nursing Specialty (Anesthesia Care Option)
Advanced Certificate Part-time
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