NRNP 6541 Week 2: Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers
When we think of human growth and development, perhaps no age comes to mind more vividly than the youngest children. Tracking the extraordinary changes that occur with often amazing speed from birth to the advent of formal schooling around age 5 is exciting, awe-inspiring, and frequently, anxiety-producing for families. The spectrum of where children may fall in growth and development is particularly wide in these years. And recognizing when extra attention is needed or a condition is present to be addressed can be made more complicated by family interpretations or expectations, and the limited capacity of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers to convey what they are, or are not, experiencing.
Primary care of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers requires both detective and diplomatic skills on the part of nurse practitioners. Assessing very young children involves employing knowledge of child development and developmental milestones with what you can observe and interpreting red flags that may signal developmental issues. As to diplomacy, families can hold beliefs, and notable resistance to vaccines and immunization protocols, which impact young children’s health and well-being. Working with families to understand and address their ideas, preferences, and possible misconceptions is vital for developing a solid care team of key adults and you.
This week you will prepare for your youngest patients with Learning Resources on topics related to caring and developing of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, as well as recognizing and responding to developmental concerns. Through your first i-Human Case Study Assignment this week, you will assess, evaluate, diagnose, treat, and manage patients with potential growth and development issues. Keep in mind that considering the unique needs of the family is an essential element of this and every pediatric visit in the course and in your future practice.
- Assess growth and development in pediatric patients
- Evaluate health conditions of pediatric patients
- Formulate differential diagnoses for pediatric patients
- Analyze socio-cultural needs of pediatric patients and families
- Formulate evidence-based treatment and management plans
- Recommend evidence-based care strategies and wellness education for pediatric patients and families
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Assignment: i-Human Case Study: Evaluation and Management of Growth and Development Issues
Imagine this is your first day or perhaps your 500th day as a Family Nurse Practitioner. You enter the examination room where a young child—infant, toddler, preschooler—and one or more family members, who may be a parent, grandparent, or another caregiver, are waiting for you. Imagine the child and family are new patients, and this is your first time meeting them.
That introduction sets the stage for this Assignment. You will use the i-Human technology to meet and treat your avatar pediatric patient. Pay particular attention to the socio-cultural details that are provided for the featured family. Consider what would be important for you to know and to ask in order not only to assess, evaluate, and diagnose a young child but also to develop evidence-based treatment and management plans and recommend specific activities and routines to promote health and wellness.
- Review the Learning Resources. Consider how to apply understanding of developmental milestones and socio-cultural family needs in assessing, diagnosing, and treating pediatric patients.
- Access i-Human Patients from this week’s Learning Resources and review the i-Human Case Study. Based on the provided patient information, think about the health history you would need to collect from the patient.
- Consider what physical exams and diagnostic tests would be appropriate to gather more information about the patient’s condition. Reflect on how the results would be used to make a diagnosis.
- Identify 3–5 possible conditions that may be considered in a differential diagnosis for the patient.
- Consider the patient’s diagnosis. Think about clinical guidelines that might support this diagnosis.
- Develop a treatment plan for the patient that includes health promotion and patient education strategies for patients and families.
As you interact with this week’s i-Human patient, complete the assigned case study. For guidance on using i-Human, refer to the i-Human Graduate Programs Help link within the i-Human platform.
By Day 7 of Week 2
Complete your Assignment in i-Human.
Submission and Grading Information
To submit your completed Assignment for review and grading, do the following:
- Please save your Assignment using the naming convention “WK2Assgn+last name+first initial.(extension)” as the name.
- Click the Week 2 Assignment Rubric to review the Grading Criteria for the Assignment.
- Click the Week 2 Assignment link. You will also be able to “View Rubric” for grading criteria from this area.
- Next, from the Attach File area, click on the Browse My Computer button. Find the document you saved as “WK2Assgn+last name+first initial. (extension)” and click Open.
- If applicable: From the Plagiarism Tools area, click the checkbox for I agree to submit my paper(s) to the Global Reference Database.
- Click on the Submit button to complete your submission.
To access your rubric:
- Week 2 Assignment Rubric
- Check Your Assignment Draft for Authenticity
To check your Assignment draft for authenticity:
- Submit your Week 2 Assignment draft and review the originality report.
- Submit Your Assignment by Day 7
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