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Rehabilitation Nursing for Common Congenital Pediatric Conditions

presented by Cyndi Cortes, DrPH, MSN, MRE, CPNP-PC, CRRN, COI

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Financial: Cyndi Cortes receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.


 Non-Financial: Cyndi Cortes has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Approximately 15% of children and youth in the United States have special health care needs, and about 5% of children have functional limitations (NSCH, 2011/12). Typically, individuals with physical limitations receive medical and therapeutic interventions from a variety of rehabilitation professionals. Congenital conditions in children and youth requiring rehabilitation services typically have multifactorial causation, but usually affect the central nervous system and/or the musculoskeletal system.

Meet Your Instructor

Cyndi Cortes, DrPH, MSN, MRE, CPNP-PC, CRRN, COI

When Cyndi Cortes became an interdisciplinary training trainee at the Sparks Center for Developmental and Learning Disabilities as a Master of Science in Nursing student, she did not realize how that decision would impact her clinical and professional career. While working at Children's of Alabama in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Cortes developed…

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1. Congenital Conditions Affecting the Central Nervous Systems

This chapter presents an overview of the two most common congenital conditions affecting the central nervous system: spina bifida and cerebral palsy. The etiology, incidence, diagnostic assessment, general and functional description of the conditions are described as well as the treatment and therapy goals. The role of pediatric rehabilitation nurses in various practice settings are discussed.

2. Congenital Conditions Affecting the Musculoskeletal System

This chapter presents an overview of the most common congenital conditions affecting the musculoskeletal systems. The etiology, incidence, diagnostic assessment, general and functional description of neuromuscular disorders, craniofacial malformations, limb deficiencies, and osteogenesis imperfecta are described as well as the treatment and therapy goals. The role of pediatric rehabilitation nurses across various practice settings are discussed.

3. Traumatic and Acquired Conditions

This chapter presents an overview of the most commonly traumatic or acquired conditions in children and adolescents. The etiology and incidence of these conditions are described and the aspects of care unique to pediatrics are emphasized. Traumatic brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury, and burns are discussed.

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