Care of the Pediatric Surgical Patient Certificate Program

This educational module will provide an overview of the anatomical and physiological differences between children and adults and review the developmental stages that establish the basis for safe care.
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Care of the Pediatric Surgical Patient Certificate Program

Care of a child in the perioperative environment is a complex process due to the vast differences in children as they progress through the varying stages of development from neonatal through adolescence.

Three course modules cover nursing interventions implemented during the preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative phases. These interventions are multifaceted and consider the continuum of physiological and psychosocial changes occurring in the child.


  1. Identify key components of the perioperative pediatric assessment and plan of care.
  2. Relate age-specific elements of the physiological and psychosocial perioperative assessment.
  3. Relate appropriate prevention interventions used to address potential complications.
  4. Identify the relationship between developmental stages and age-appropriate interventions.
  5. Identify key components of the pediatric patient intra- and postoperative plan of care.
  6. Cite three examples that demonstrate the differences in application of the Universal Protocol that are specific to the pediatric patient.
  7. Identify age-appropriate and family-centered interventions during the intraoperative and postoperative phases.