Pediatric Emergency Care

Emergency nursing is an area of specialty practice where the provision of care goes across the lifespan. The delivery of high quality, safe care for pediatric patients in emergency settings will benefit from various resources to assist in the care of our youngest patients.


Family Centered Care Tool
ENA believes that family centered care is an integral part of caring for pediatric patients in the emergency department. This self-assessment tool will facilitate a comprehensive look at your hospitals commitment to family centered care and suggest ways to enhance your focus on families and their role in the care of children in the Emergency Department.

Guidelines for Care of Children in Emergency Departments
A joint policy statement written by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Emergency Nurses Association defines guidelines and resources for Emergency Departments who provide care for children

A Guidelines Checklist
A checklist based on these guidelines is provided. Use the checklist to determine if your emergency department is prepared to care for children.

State of Emergency Department Preparedness for Children: Release of Joint Statement - A Consensus on the Essentials
This webinar presents guidelines for emergency preparedness for children that have been endorsed by the ENA and 21 other national organizations.


Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC)
The Federal EMSC Program is designed to ensure that all children and adolescents, no matter where they live, attend school, or travel, receive appropriate care in a health emergency.

The US Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)’s Maternal Child Health Bureau (MCHB) has archived excellent Emergency Medical Services for Children presentations regarding issues related to pediatric emergency care: