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Don’t Let Common Pediatric Symptoms Fool You: Quickly Recognize the Clues that Require Urgent Action

Stephen Jones
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Children are not small adults, and infants are not small children. Each are unique and require different interventions and treatment modalities. It is imperative that nurses and other healthcare providers in all health care settings - from home to primary to acute care - be prepared to identify and intervene as early as possible with respiratory situations, GI-related conditions, and two of the major maladies of childhood: fever and diarrhea.

As pediatric healthcare providers, it is essential that we grasp and understand the underlying causes of these pediatric clinical challenges. Secondary to both anatomical and physiological etiologies, children with these conditions may present with acute illnesses, flare-ups of chronic conditions or life-threatening complications.

The pediatric patient can present with a myriad of causes contributing to their unexplainable symptoms. Does this sound familiar… Your patient's parents report increasing symptoms over the past 7 to 10 days. He's "always been a good sleeper" but his sleep has been impacted now. The little guy is experiencing recurrent fevers, and is seemingly unresponsive to anti-pyretics. He appears restless, "not himself", and his appetite and fluid intake have been less. While his asthma had been "stable", he seems to be manifesting increasing symptoms and the albuterol is not helping with the wet cough and is making him gag and "vomit". Could this case turn south? And how quickly could that happen?

Over the course of this live webcast, you will learn practical strategies to integrate symptomology and appropriate diagnostics into your differential diagnosis. You will gain an enhanced ability to pinpoint etiology by understanding the inter-relationship of signs/symptoms with new differentiation skills to know when to treat the "cause" versus the "symptom". You will leave able to intervene quickly and appropriately for the young patients trusted to your care!



NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate (participant will be able to print the certificate of completion after completing and passing the on-line post-test evaluation). 

Continuing Education Information: Listed below are the continuing education credit(s) currently available for this live interactive webcast. This webcast is a broadcast of a live event. You will be able to type questions to the speaker. The speaker will see the questions and address them during the presentation as time allows. Please note, your state licensing board dictates whether web based activities are an acceptable form of continuing education. Please refer to your state rules and regulations. If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals.  As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

CE Information is based on 100% attendance.

Information obtained in this course should be used within your scope of practice.

Pharmacology Nurse Practitioners

This program offers 120 instructional minutes of pharmacology content which is designed to qualify for 2.0 contact hours toward your pharmacology requirement. 

Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists

PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Nurses in full attendance will earn 6.3 contact hours.

California Nurses

PESI, Inc. is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 17118 for 6.0 contact hours. Full attendance is required. No partial contact hours will be issued for partial attendance. 

Florida Nurses

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PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Nursing, Provider # FBN2858. This course qualifies for 6.0 contact hours. 

Iowa Nurses

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Provider #: 346. Full attendance at this activity qualifies for 6.3 contact hours. Full attendance in the activity is required; no partial contact hours will be issued for partial attendance. These contact hours are used for your license renewal. Please email with your license number, include the webcast title, speaker name and date. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid for the webcast.

Physician Assistants


This program has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of 6.0 hours of clinical Category I CME credit by the American Academy of Physician Assistant Review Panel. Physician assistants should claim only those hours actually spent participating in the CME activity. This program was planned in accordance with AAPA’s CME Standards for Live Programs and for Commercial Support of Live Programs.

Other Professions

This activity qualifies for 6.25 continuing education minutes as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your activity advertisement and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements. 



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Stephen Jones, MS, RN, PNP, ET, is a Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist/Nurse Practitioner and Enterostomal Therapist who practices fulltime at the Children’s Hospital-Albany Medical Center in Albany, New York. In this role, Stephen cares for children in a variety of pediatric units, with both acute and chronic conditions, including the general pediatric units and PICU.

He also manages children with pulmonary conditions in the Pulmonary and Cystic Fibrosis clinics. As an Enterostomal therapist, Steve also consults in the NICU and various outpatient clinic settings for skin/wound/ostomy issues. Within his many roles, he interacts and deals with children with many and varied conditions. Within these roles, a good percentage of Steve’s time is spent in managing children with myriad types of upper and lower airway/pulmonary conditions, from acute to chronic conditions, including asthma, BPD, and Cystic Fibrosis, as well as children with mechanical ventilators.

Stephen is a published author, having written numerous chapters for textbooks and professional journal articles. In addition to his active clinical practice, Stephen is the founder of Pediatric Concepts, a company dedicated to providing quality pediatric educational events for healthcare professionals. Stephen holds undergraduate degrees from Union College and Skidmore College, while his graduate degree is from the University of Rochester.

He has been a frequent presenter on pediatric related topics and serves on speakers bureaus for a variety of pharmaceutical companies. He is a soughtafter speaker who has lectured extensively to diverse audiences throughout North America for over thirty years.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Stephen Jones is the founder of Pediatric Concepts. He has an employment relationship with The Children’s Hospital - Albany Medical Center. Mr. Jones receives speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-Financial: Stephen Jones has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

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Access Period for Live Webcast

For live CE credit, you must watch the live webcast in its entirety at its scheduled time and complete the CE quiz and evaluation within one week. You will have access for 90 days after the program for review.

Webcast Schedule

Please note: There will be a lunch and two 15-minute breaks; one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Lunch and break times will be announced by the speaker and at their discretion. A more detailed schedule is available upon request.


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  1. Explain the appropriate utilization of various technologies used with respiratory conditions and their clinical significance.
  2. Recommend appropriate interventions for the child manifesting either an upper or lower respiratory condition.
  3. Determine the essentials necessary for an efficient and comprehensive gastrointestinal assessment and management plan as it relates to the "zones".
  4. Analyze the impact of inappropriate diet and nutrition on the pediatric GI Tract.
  5. Evaluate both the pharmacological and nonpharmacological management of selected non-surgical GI conditions: diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, and "spitting up".
  6. Examine the underlying causes and triggers of temperature dysregulation in determining appropriate evidence-based treatment.
  7. Contrast between causes and symptoms for the child experiencing dehydration and/or diarrhea.


Assessment: Advanced Skills for Pediatric History-Taking and Physical Assessment

  • Developmentally- and age-appropriate techniques for assessment
  • Determining cause versus symptom - and underlying triggers
  • Non-pharmacological and pharmacological choices
  • Laboratory values: System-specific and significance to underlying condition

Best Responses to Early Signs of Acute Respiratory Changes: Recognize and Respond to Early Signs of Distress

  • "5 fingered assessment"
  • Non-pharmacological: Oxygen therapy, mist/humidification, airway clearance, pulse oximeter, technologies to deliver medications
  • Pharmacological choices: OTC versus prescription antimicrobials, "RAD/asthma", and "cold & cough"
  • Apnea: Central and obstructive
  • Upper respiratory/ENT conditions: Sinusitis, tonsillitis, croup, laryngomalacia
  • Lower respiratory conditions: Infectious (bronchiolitis/RSV and HMV; pneumonia) and anatomical (asthma)

Solve the Complexities of the Pediatric GI Tract

  • GI physical examination: Differentiating the "zones" of the GI tract and their functions
  • What about the hygiene hypothesis
  • Diet and nutrition components: Vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, probiotics
  • Underlying triggers: Environmental, infectious, anatomical
  • Pharmacological and non-pharmacological management: "Spitting up", GER and "sensitivities", colic, constipation

Fever, Temperature and Diarrhea in Children: Avoid the Mis-management Mistakes

  • History-taking and physical assessment strategies
  • Non-pharmacological and pharmacological: Antimicrobials, antipyretics, anti-diarrheal
  • Temperature measurement: Pathophysiology of fever versus hyperthermia and "fever phobia"
  • Dehydration: Concepts of fluid and electrolyte management and tonicity
  • Diarrhea: Pathophysiology and evidence-based management guidelines (enteral and parenteral)

Target Audience

  • Nurses
  • School Nurses
  • Public Health Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Physician Assistants
  • Day Care Providers



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