A Survival Guide to Children's Nursing


  • Sharon Edwards, MSc DIPN(LON) PGCEA RGN , Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Society and Health, Buckinghamshire New University, Uxbridge, UK
  • Imelda Coyne, PhD, BSc (Hons) with Education, Dip N, RSCN, RGN, RNT, FEANS, Professor in Children's Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Starting a new placement? Moving to a new specialty? Revising?
This ‘Survival Guide’ will give you the help you need with the procedures and problems faced by nurses today.
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Student Nurses - child branch; paediatric nurses


Book information

  • Published: August 2012
  • ISBN: 978-0-7020-4707-7


"This user friendly, pocket-sized text book is a practical and evidence-based guide providing those in the early stages of their careers as children's nurses with clinical information and insights in a concise, structured and informative way to assist and support them in obtaining the knowledge required and clinical skills needed to nurse children today...It makes an excellent starting point and source of reference for those involved in nursing children and young people."

Nursing Times, April 2013

Table of Contents

    1. General principles of children’s nursing

    1.1 Introduction

    1.2 Emergency care of a child

    2. Assessment and investigations of a child

      1. Identification of problems and scoring systems
      2. Assessment of a child
      3. Haemodynamic monitoring of a child
      4. Diagnostic procedures

    3. Children’s nursing interventions

      1. Interventions
      2. Maintaining nutrition in children
      3. Peritoneal dialysis (PD)
      4. Plasmapheresis
      5. Transplantation
      6. Circulatory support
      7. Intubation and ventilation of a child
      8. Acid-base balance
      9. Caring for a child in a variety of settings

    4. Common conditions in children and reasons for admission

    4.1 General conditions in children: a systems approach

    4.2 Other conditions observed in children

    4.3 Mental ill health in children

    5. Psychosocial and ethical care

      1. Professional and practice issues

    5.2 Psychosocial issues

      1. Palliative care of a child

    6. Drug administration

    6.1 Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics

    6.2 Medicines management

    6.3 Classifications of drugs used in children



    Appendix 1 Normal vital signs

    Appendix 2 Units of measurement

    Appendix 3 Drug measurement and calculations

    Useful websites

    Glossary of terms and abbreviations