Introduction to primary care of children.

 

Primary care of children from newborns to those on the cusp of adulthood requires considerable knowledge, as well as the finesse to manage parents and families of all types, and the changing needs, attitudes, and independence of young people as they grow and mature. Considering that this week—in fact, this entire first module—is focused on growth and development, it is fitting for you to reflect on your current and anticipated growth and development in advanced nursing, and specifically, in pediatric care. When you made your decision to pursue training as a Family Nurse Practitioner, how did pediatrics factor in your thinking? Is the opportunity to work with children and adolescents a strong motivator, or does it rank for you as more of a concern?

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As you get started with this course, take time to reflect on your present capacity as you prepare to immerse yourself in the requirements of pediatric care as a nurse practitioner. How can you benefit most from this course, and how can it further you along the professional path you have chosen or in achieving your career goals?

This Discussion can be a catalyst for self-assessment and offer valuable insights from your colleagues. It is also an opportunity to get to know them and to introduce yourself, in anticipation of further interaction as you engage in the course i-Human Assignments.

 

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To prepare:

•      Review this week’s Learning Resources, and particularly Chapters 2–4 and 9 of the Burns text.

•      Consider the roles and responsibilities of a nurse practitioner providing pediatric primary care. Work to define the strengths you bring to the position of Family Nurse Practitioner and the challenges you face.

•      Reflect on this course and what you expect to learn and do, such as by reviewing the course description, outcomes, and course introduction. Consider how the next 11 weeks can help build your strengths and address your challenges.

•      Also consider your career goals and objectives and how this course can

 

 

REQUIRED POST:

Post a brief explanation of your strengths and challenges as they apply to pediatrics and the role of a Family Nurse Practitioner. Also explain your career goals and objectives, and how your work in this course can help to accomplish those goals and objectives as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Use your research to support your explanations by providing credible and scholarly sources.

 

Resources: Please use two of these resources on top of other resources you may use for references. Thank you!

 

Burns, C. E., Dunn, A. M., Brady, M. A., Starr, N. B., Blosser, C. G., & Garzon, D. L. (Eds.). (2017). Pediatric primary care (6th ed.). Elsevier.

  • Chapter 2, “Child and Family Health Assessment” (pp. 10–32)
  • Chapter 3, “Cultural Perspectives for Pediatric Primary Care” (pp. 33–44)
  • Chapter 4, “Developmental Management in Pediatric Primary Care” (pp. 46–60)
  • Chapter 9, “Introduction to Functional Health Patterns and Health Promotion” (pp. 141–157)
  • Chapter 14, “Sleep and Rest” (pp. 273–284)
  • Chapter 17, “Role Relationships” (pp. 311–338)
  • Chapter 41, “Genetic Disorders” (pp. 1148–1169)
  • Chapter 42, “Environmental Health Issues” (pp. 1170–1198)

 

National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners

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