Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course (ENPC)

ENPC Course Schedules

 

While trauma is the leading cause of death in children, acute illness is also a source of unnecessary pediatric death. Emergency care visits by infants, children and adolescents account for more than 31 million emergency department visits each year. In the United States, it is estimated that one pediatric patient per second seeks emergency care, and the majority of these pediatric patients are seen in general emergency departments.  In many instances, preventable pediatric deaths are the result of delayed recognition and treatment by emergency department personnel where proper intervention may have prevented these outcomes.

Are You Ready to Care for Pediatric Patients?

The majority of hospitals in the United States report seeing over 7,000 pediatric patients annually, but only 6% of these report having the pediatric equipment and supplies recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).1 Is your department one of the 94%?

ENPC 4th edition provides emergency department personnel with the knowledge and tools needed to prepare for pediatric patients, following the Guidelines for Care of Children in the Emergency Department created by ENA, AAP and ACEP.

 

Why a Course in Pediatric Emergency Nursing?

Recognizing the need for a course in pediatric emergency nursing, the Emergency Nurses Association developed the Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course (ENPC) to improve care of the pediatric patient by increasing the knowledge, skill and confidence of emergency nurses. Based on the belief that knowledge and preparation is the core of any discipline, ENPC 4th edition teaches participants to identify the ill or injured child and the significant, yet subtle changes in the less acute pediatric patient. Additionally, the course teaches all aspects of pediatric emergency nursing, including growth and development, pediatric trauma and resuscitation.

ENPC is the first course of its kind offered on an international level and is the only pediatric emergency course written by pediatric nurse experts. It is also the only course that carries the endorsement of a major nursing specialty organization with the purpose of providing a consistent and standardized knowledge base and approach among nurses caring for the pediatric patient.

 

About the Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course 4th Edition

ENPC is a 16-hour course designed to provide core-level pediatric knowledge and psychomotor skills needed to care for pediatric patients in the emergency setting. The course presents a systematic assessment model, integrates the associated anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology and identifies appropriate interventions. Triage categorization and injury prevention strategies are included in the course content. ENPC is taught using a variety of formats including, online learning, lectures, videos, group discussion and hands-on skill stations that encourage participants to integrate their psychomotor abilities into a patient situation in a risk-free setting.

ENA’s Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course 4th edition provides participants the opportunity to strength and develop their pediatric emergency nursing skills while expanding their personal growth by collaborating with nurses from a variety of practice settings. ENPC brings together participants from various emergency department settings as well as nurses working in other specialties.

 

Course Highlights

Highlights​ of ENPC include:

  • Completing an observational or across-the-room assessment
  • Identifying subtle changes that indicate deterioration
  • Developmental approach to pediatric care
  • Cultural considerations in pediatric care
  • Pain assessment and management for children
  • Techniques for family-centered care

 

ENPC Course Content

  • Introduction: Preparing for Pediatric  Patients
  • Epidemiology
  • From the Start
  • Prioritization: Focused Assessment, Triage, and Decision Making
  • Initial Assessment
  • Pain
  • Common Procedures and Sedation
  • Medication Administration
  • Vascular Access
  • Respiratory Emergencies
  • Childhood Illness
  • The Neonate
  • The Adolescent
  • Shock
  • Rhythm Disturbances
  • Trauma
  • Toxicological Emergencies
  • Behavioral Emergencies
  • Environmental Emergencies
  • Child Maltreatment
  • Crisis
  • Disaster
  • Stabilization and Transport

 

Skill Stations

  • Management of the Ill or Injured Pediatric Patient
  • Pediatric Clinical Considerations

 

Evaluation Methods

Successful completion of the course includes scoring a minimum of 80% on the 50-item multiple choice examination and demonstrating all critical steps and 70% of the total points in the evaluated skill stations. Participants have the ability to repeat the written examination or a psychomotor skill station if needed.

 

ENPC Verification

Verification will be issued from ENA to RN participants upon successful completion of the course. Verification remains current for four years. Non-RN participants are able to attend and test, receiving a certificate of attendance.

 

Contact Hours

All participants are eligible to receive nursing Contact Hours. The awarding of Contact Hours is based on hours attended, regardless of evaluation outcomes.

 

Access

Individuals interested in participating in an ENPC course should follow the links above or contact Course Operations at courseops@ena.org or (800) 900-9659 ext. 4120. Courses will be conducted as determined by need, as related to the number of participants, and by availability of instructors.

1 Gausche-Hill, M., Schmitz, C. & Lewis, R. J. (2009). Pediatric preparedness of United States emergency departments: A 2003 survey. Pediatrics, 120(6), 1229–1237.

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