presented by Cyndi Cortes, DrPH, MSN, MRE, CPNP-PC, CRRN, COI
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…Read full bio
1. Child Development Theories
It is important to have a knowledge and understanding of the important theoretical framework that describe typical development. This chapter covers psychoanalytic, cognitive, moral, and social learning theories. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and family-centered care are also discussed.
2. Growth and Development
Rehabilitation nurses need to assess their pediatric patient’s developmental stage so that interactions and expectations are appropriate. In this chapter an overview of typical growth and development from infancy to adolescence.
3. Common Acquired Conditions Seen in Pediatric Rehabilitation
Rehabilitation nurses working in a pediatric setting care for children that have sustained acquired conditions should provide care in a developmentally appropriate manner recognizing the differences in the presentation and management of these conditions in children. The most common acquired conditions seen in children and adolescents in the rehabilitation setting are traumatic brain injury, strokes, spinal cord injury, and burns.
4. Common Congenital Conditions Seen in Pediatric Rehabilitation
Rehabilitation nurses working in pediatric and adult settings will interact with individuals that have congenital conditions. The purpose of this chapter is to provide an overview of the most common congenital conditions and the rehabilitation issues that are frequently associated with these conditions. The conditions that will be reviewed include: cerebral palsy, myelomenigocele, muscular dystrophies, and joint and orthopedic conditions.
5. Legislation and Community Services for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
It is essential that rehabilitation nurses be aware of legislation that affects their patients so that they can educate patients, families, and the community about available services and help them advocate for these services.
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