Principles of Pediatric Nursing: Caring for Children eBook, 7th Edition

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Principles of Pediatric Nursing: Caring for Children eBook, 7th Edition

By Jane W. Ball, Ruth C. Bindler, Kay Cowen, Michele Rose Shaw
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For pediatric nursing courses in associate and baccalaureate degree programs.


Help your students learn to think like nurses and visualise how to care for children

To prepare today's students to begin thinking and acting like nurses, Principles of Pediatric Nursing presents a foundation of core pediatric nursing principles with an emphasis on growth and development, family-centred care, and health promotion and maintenance. Nursing students often bring an Adult Health mindset to Pediatric Nursing, which can obscure the special considerations needed to effectively care for children. Principles of Pediatric Nursing helps students visualise how to care for children and understand the ways caring for pediatric patients is similar to, and different from, adult patients.

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Develop clinical-reasoning skills for today and tomorrow.

As nursing practice continues to develop in response to current health care needs, students must not only learn what helps them to provide safe, effective, and excellent care today—they must also develop and hone their clinical judgment for the future.

  • Clinical Reasoning in Action and Clinical Reasoning boxes provide an opportunity for students to actively apply the content to a clinical scenario, with a focus on the reasoning behind the clinical decision made.
  • Evidence-Based Practice boxes pose a clinical question and relate recent research to foster evidence-based clinical reasoning.
  • Clinical Tips provide brief discussions about issues challenging nurses today, easing the transition from the classroom into practice.
  • Clinical Manifestations of Illness features present the etiology, clinical presentation, and often the clinical therapy for selected conditions to help students recognise these signs when they see them in clinical settings.
  • Contemporary topics, such as genetic influences and socio-environmental influences on pediatric health care, are addressed.
  • Culture features offer diverse perspectives and highlight cultural variations that impact nursing care.
  • Complementary Care boxes present important information about commonly used alternative and complementary measures to treat or provide comfort for various conditions.
  • Complementary Therapy boxes heighten awareness of therapies that may be connected with cultural groups, beliefs, or practices that influence health care.
  • UPDATED: Nursing Care Plans include nursing diagnoses, goals, interventions, and rationales in a new two-column format to help students apply nursing care to specific conditions.
  • NEW: Chapter Highlights identify key concepts in a two-column bullet point format, so students can focus on reviewing the concepts themselves, instead of spending time identifying them.
  • NEW: Professionalism in Practice features relate guidelines important to nursing care.
  • NEW: Healthy People 2020 goals are cited throughout the text to acquaint students with national public health efforts and to assist them in making connections between care of individual families and broad-based community health care and public policy.
  • Community Care boxes point out issues nurses face outside of the hospital setting.

Identify the unique health care needs of children

  • The Bindler-Ball Child Healthcare Model illustrates the important core value that all children need health promotion and health maintenance interventions, no matter where they seek health care or what health conditions they may be experiencing.
  • After the foundational chapters, the book is organised by body systems to facilitate the reader’s ability to locate information, focus studying, and prepare for clinical experiences with children and families. By organising around the body system instead of developmental stage, faculty can teach pediatrics in integrated/short courses without redundancy of topics.

  • Health Promotion features help illustrate opportunities for health promotion for children with health conditions.

  • Families Want to Know features discuss how to involve the family in the child's care and show the type of information nurses need to provide to families.

  • Growth and development considerations and physical assessment are central to the effective practice of pediatric nursing. In addition to a separate chapter devoted to each area, these topics are integrated where appropriate in narrative, growth and development boxes, figures, and captions.

  • Effective communication with children is challenging because they communicate differently, according to their developmental levels. This book integrates communication skills by applied examples that help the student to communicate effectively with children, their families, and other health professionals.

  • Safety Alerts! call out the information that nurses need to maintain patient safety. Many of the alerts are based on the work of the Joint Commission and the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) project.

Visualise health conditions

  • Focus on... features present a quick review of the anatomy and physiology of that system followed by an overview of pediatric differences between anatomy and physiology at various ages. These overlays use actual photos—a unique feature that gives students a true-to-life visualisation.
  • Pathophysiology Illustrated uses highly-visual illustrations to bring the pathophysiology of conditions to life, enhancing students' understanding and aiding in clinical application.
  • As Children Grow shows how to adapt nursing care for children of different ages, and illustrates the anatomic and physiologic differences between children and adults.
  • Realistic art and photographs illustrate the important concepts of nursing care.


Table of contents
  1. Nurse's Role in Care of the Child: Hospital, Community, and Home

  2. Family-Centered Care and Cultural Considerations

  3. Genetic and Genomic Influences

  4. Growth and Development

  5. Pediatric Assessment

  6. Introduction to Health Promotion and Maintenance

  7. Health Promotion and Maintenance for the Newborn and Infant

  8. Health Promotion and Maintenance for the Toddler and Preschooler

  9. Health Promotion and Maintenance for the School-Age Child and Adolescent

  10. Nursing Considerations for the Child in the Community

  11. Nursing Considerations for the Hospitalized Child

  12. The Child with a Chronic Condition

  13. The Child with a Life-Threatening Condition and End-of-Life Care

  14. Infant, Child, and Adolescent Nutrition

  15. Pain Assessment and Management in Children

  16. Immunizations and Communicable Diseases

  17. Social and Environmental Influences on the Child

  18. Alterations in Fluid, Electrolyte, and Acid–Base Balance

  19. Alterations in Eye, Ear, Nose, and Throat Function

  20. Alterations in Respiratory Function

  21. Alterations in Cardiovascular Function

  22. Alterations in Immune Function

  23. Alterations in Hematologic Function

  24. The Child with Cancer

  25. Alterations in Gastrointestinal Function

  26. Alterations in Genitourinary Function

  27. Alterations in Neurologic Function

  28. Alterations in Mental Health and Cognition

  29. Alterations in Musculoskeletal Function

  30. Alterations in Endocrine and Metabolic Function

  31. Alterations in Skin Integrity

Appendix A: Physical Growth Charts

Appendix B: Blood Pressure Tables

Appendix C: Dietary Reference Intakes

Appendix D: Selected Pediatric Laboratory Values

Appendix E: Diagnostic Tests and Procedures

Appendix F: Body Surface Nomogram

Appendix G: Conversions and Equations