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PEDIATRIC ILLNESS AND CONDITIONS

Chapter 40: Nursing Care of the Child With a Respiratory Disorder

1. Gloria is an 8-year-old girl who is admitted to the pediatric unit with a history of cystic fibrosis and difficulty breathing. (Learning Objectives 3, 4, and 6)

a. What would the nurse know to include in the health history?

b. When conducting a physical assessment on Gloria, what will the nurse do in relation to the child’s cystic fibrosis?

c. What tests would the nurse expect to be ordered for Gloria?

2. Jimmy Jones, age 6, is diagnosed with asthma. He has been hospitalized for 3 days for an acute exacerbation and is scheduled to go home tomorrow. (Learning Objectives 9 and 10)

a. What would the nurse know to include in a child/family teaching plan?

b. How can asthma affect a child’s self esteem?

Chapter 41: Nursing Care of the Child With a Cardiovascular Disorder

1. Baby boy Ellis, 2 hours old, is being evaluated in the newborn nursery by the nursing staff. Findings include T 37°C; apical heart rate 140 bpm; respirations 58 breaths per minute; BP (arms) 70/47, (calves) 62/39; head circumference 34 cm; chest circumference 31 cm; length 48 cm; weight 2,700 g. The infant is crying. (Learning Objectives 1, 2, 3, 4, and 8)

a. Based on the physical findings, what should be the nurse’s priority?

b. What assessments/tests should the nurse expect to be done on this infant?

c. What should the nurse include in the teaching plan for the parents of this infant?

2. Jennifer Collins, 13 years old, is admitted to the pediatric floor with a diagnosis of probable acute rheumatic fever.

a. What would the nurse include when performing an initial assessment?

b. What tests would the nurse expect to be done on Jennifer?

The diagnosis of acute rheumatic fever is confirmed.

c. What would the nurse be sure to include in the discharge teaching plan for Jennifer and her family?

Chapter 44: Nursing Care of the Child With a Neuromuscular Disorder

1. Pamela Souza, 6 years old, was born with cerebral palsy. Pamela suffers from general spasticity, mental impairment, impaired vision and hearing, and hydrocephalus. She has been admitted to the pediatric unit for evaluation of intrathecal spasticity control. (Learning Objectives 2, 3, 4, and 6)

a. Identify medications that might be used to help control Pamela’s spasticity.

b. What information would the nurse include in the health history?

c. What nursing interventions would be important in Pamela’s care?

d. What information would be important to include in a teaching plan for Pamela and her family?

2. Kyle Stephens, 15 years old, is brought to the emergency department by ambulance after a diving accident at a local lake. (Learning Objectives 1, 2, 3, 4, and 7)

a. What nursing assessments would be important for Kyle?

b. What diagnostic tests would the nurse expect to be ordered for Kyle?

Kyle is found to have crushed vertebrae at the S4-5 level with a partially severed spinal cord.

c. What would be important teaching points for Kyle and his family?

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