Pediatric Practice Guidelines
In order to provide safe, effective, and quality care to pediatric patients, advanced practice nurses need to have an understanding of common pediatric conditions seen in primary care settings. This book provides both the novice and expert nurse practitioner with the most up-to-date information and recommendations about common childhood diseases and conditions. It is also a valuable resource for nurse practitioner students on their pediatric clinical rotations. The book consists of seventeen chapters. Each chapter provides the reader with useful information such as the etiology, epidemiology, clinical manifestations, physical findings, diagnostic tests, differential diagnoses, treatment, follow-up and complications, and family education. The book presents information in an easy-to-read format to engage the reader. It begins with a chapter on health maintenance guidelines. The book reviews topics of importance in well child visits such as immunizations, safety, and anticipatory guidance. It also reviews commonly encountered pediatric conditions relevant to various body systems—for example, cardiovascular, respiratory, and gastrointestinal. The book discusses common mental health problems that present in primary care settings such as depression and anxiety. Many mental health conditions may be treated successfully if they are detected early, and this book will assists nurse practitioners in identifying mental health problems in children so that they may be referred for a definitive diagnosis and appropriate treatment. The book presents case studies for each chapter along with answers. It also presents references that reflect the most recent evidence in pediatrics from the healthcare literature at the time of publication. Each chapter is a valuable a resource for nurse practitioners. Those with limited pediatric experience and even the most experienced nurses will find a means to enhance their knowledge.