Pediatric Resources

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.


Best Practices for Improving Flow and Care of Pediatric Patients in the Emergency Department
(January, 2015)

This report provides a summary of best practices for improving flow, reducing waiting times, and improving the quality of care of pediatric patients 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. 

Patient and Family-Centered Care of Children in the Emergency Department (January, 2015)
This revised technical report draws on previously published policy statements and reports, reviews the current literature, and describes the present state of practice and research regarding patient- and family-centered care for children in the emergency department setting as well as some of the complexities of providing such care.  

State of Emergency Department Preparedness for Children: Release of Joint Statement - A Consensus on the Essentials - (2010)
This webinar presents guidelines for emergency preparedness for children that have been endorsed by the ENA and 21 other national organizations. 
For webinar transcript, click here

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.