CPEN® Exam Review

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Agenda

12.25 Contact Hours | Course Length: 701 Minutes

About the Test, Test-Taking Skills 
27 minutes
Module Description
This module will introduce the learner to the overview of the Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse (CPEN) Exam. Tips for basic test-taking strategies and resources to use when studying for the exam will also be provided.

Module Learning Objectives
This module prepares the learner to:
  1. Discuss the test content outline.
  2. Discuss different types of test takers and strategies to overcome test-taking barriers.
Triage of the Pediatric Patient
22 minutes
Module Description
This module will introduce the Pediatric Assessment Triangle and the 5-level triage system and how both tools can be applied to pediatric patients. An overview of isolation categories will be covered as well.

Module Learning Objectives
This module prepares the learner to:
  1. Describe the approach to pediatric assessment.
  2. Verbalize how to use the pediatric assessment triangle.
Professional Issues
37 minutes
Module Description
In this module, various professional practice issues that the emergency nurse may encounter will be discussed, including disaster management, legal issues and evidence collection and preservation.

Module Learning Objectives
This module prepares the learner to:
  1. Describe the ethical aspects of care related to evidence-based practice and participation in research, decision-making and patient advocacy.
  2. Discuss the legal and professional aspects of coordination of care, documentation and confidentiality.
  3. Define patient- and family-centered care.
Pain Control, Procedural Sedation
22 minutes
Module Description
In this module, methods for assessing pain in pediatric patients will be discussed. In addition, nonpharmacological and pharmacological methods of pain management will be discussed, including procedural sedation.

Module Learning Objectives
This module prepares the learner to:
  1. Discuss different adjuncts for pediatric pain control and procedural sedation.
  2. List age-appropriate pain scales to use when assessing pediatric pain.
Physical Exam, History Taking
42 minutes
Module Description
This module introduces the learner to the components of a primary and secondary survey. Typical developmental milestones will be discussed. In addition, key assessment questions for children with special needs will be covered as well.

Module Learning Objectives
This module prepares the learner to:
  1. Describe the basic components of performing a pediatric assessment.
  2. Discuss the components of a primary and secondary survey.
  3. Identify methods for assessing children with special needs.
Shock: Recognition, Management
33 minutes
Module Description
The focus of this module will be on recognition and management of shock in pediatric patients. Different causes of shock, including hypovolemic, distributive and cardiogenic, will be covered.

Module Learning Objectives
This module prepares the learner to:
  1. Recognize signs of shock in the pediatric patient, and discuss management strategies.
  2. Define the different types of shock.
Respiratory Emergencies
48 minutes
Module Description
In this module, various respiratory emergencies, including those of the upper and lower airway, will be presented. Common airway adjuncts used in managing the pediatric airway will also be discussed, including their indications for use. The learner will also be guided on the basics of arterial blood gas (ABG) interpretation.

Module Learning Objectives
This module prepares the learner to:
  1. Identify signs of respiratory distress in pediatric patients.
  2. Identify common causes of respiratory emergencies.
Cardiovascular Emergencies
34 minutes
Module Description
This module serves as a review for obtaining vascular assess in pediatrics in urgent and nonurgent scenarios. Cardiac emergencies encountered in pediatrics will also be reviewed, including rhythm disturbances and congenital and acquired pediatric cardiovascular abnormalities. 

Module Learning Outcomes
This module prepares the learner to:
  1. Delineate types of cardiac emergencies in children.
  2. Describe different heart murmurs.
  3. Discuss cyanotic and noncyanotic congenital heart defects.
  4. Discuss types of rhythm disturbances.
  5. Discuss management of rheumatic fever and endocarditis.
Toxicology Emergencies
55 minutes
Module Description
This module will cover basic ingestions and toxicological emergencies for pediatric patients. Assessment and interventions for known and unknown ingestions will be discussed.

Module Learning Objectives
This module prepares the learner to:
  1. Discuss common ingestions.
  2. Describe the side effects of drug ingestions.
  3. List the current treatment modalities for ingestions.
Dermatological Emergencies
35 minutes
Module Description
In this module, various dermatological conditions encountered in the emergency department will be reviewed. Infections and normal physiological conditions will be discussed.

Module Learning Objectives
This module prepares the learner to:
  1. Discuss dermatological emergencies that pediatric emergency nurses may encounter.
  2. List common skin findings in neonates.
Neurological Emergencies
47 minutes
Module Description
This module covers common neurological emergencies encountered in the pediatric emergency department, including mild and severe traumatic brain injury (TBI), abusive head trauma and ventricular shunt malfunction. Assessment guidelines and emergency department interventions will be discussed.

Module Learning Objectives
This module prepares the learner to:
  1. Describe neurological emergencies the emergency nurse may encounter.
  2. Describe the steps to performing a neurological exam.
  3. List nursing interventions indicated for various neurological conditions.
Gastrointestinal Emergencies 66 minutes
Module Description
Emergency conditions affecting the gastrointestinal (GI) system will be reviewed in this module. Acute conditions and exacerbations of chronic conditions will be covered. 

Module Learning Objectives
This module prepares the learner to:
  1. Describe a condition-specific pediatric abdominal assessment.
  2. Discuss various etiologies of abdominal pain in children.
  3. Differentiate between physiological and pathological vomiting, constipation and diarrhea in children.
  4. List management of foreign body ingestions.
Genitourinary Emergencies 25 minutes
Module Description
Common pediatric urological conditions encountered by the emergency room nurse will be discussed in this module.

Module Learning Outcomes
This module prepares the learner to:
  1. Identify genitourinary emergencies encountered by the pediatric patient.
  2. Describe etiologies of scrotal pain and swelling in the male pediatric patient.
HEENT Emergencies
29 minutes
Module Description
In this module, the components of head, eye, ear, nose and throat (HEENT) examinations in pedatrics will be covered. The discussion will include specific illnesses and injuries, including nursing interventions, encountered in the pediatric patient.


Module Learning Objectives
This module prepares the learner to:
  1. Discuss assessment findings and management strategies for pediatric patients presenting with HEENT emergencies.
  2. Describe the components of an eye assessment.
  3. Define specific terminology used to describe dental trauma in the pediatric patient.
Musculoskeletal Emergencies
33 minutes
Module Description
The focus of this module will be on musculoskeletal problems in children. Congenital, acquired and traumatic conditions will be discussed, including nursing interventions and management.


Module Learning Objectives
This module prepares the learner to:
  1. List various musculoskeletal conditions, including assessment findings and diagnostic strategies.
  2. Describe treatment priorities for children presenting with musculoskeletal problems.
Neonatal Emergencies 24 minutes
Module Description
This module will cover emergencies specific to the neonate. Neonatal sepsis, apnea, meconium aspiration and hyperbilirubinemia will all be covered. In addition, assessment of the neonate will be reviewed as well. 

Module Learning Objectives

This module prepares the learner to:
  1. Verbalize understanding of different neonatal emergencies.
  2. Identify developmental characteristics of neonates.
  3. Describe management techniques unique to neonates, including newborn resuscitation, thermoregulation and management of hyperbilirubinemia.
Behavioral Emergencies 23 minutes
Module Description
This module will cover a few of the behavior emergencies that children may present with to the emergency department. An overview and assessment finding for each disorder will be discussed.

Module Learning Objectives

This module prepares the learner to:
  1. Describe behavioral emergencies that may be seen in pediatric patients.
  2. List key assessment findings and nursing interventions for a patient presenting with a psychiatric emergency.
Medical Emergencies 26 minutes
Module Description
Various pediatric hematologic, endocrinologic and oncological medical emergencies will be covered in this module.

Module Learning Objectives

This module prepares the learner to:
  1. Discuss presentations of hematologic and oncologic emergencies in children.
  2. Describe endocrinologic and metabolic disorders you may encounter.
  3. List common communicable diseases found in pediatric patients.
Trauma 33 minutes
Module Description
A multitude of injuries will be discussed in this module. Pediatric-specific assessment will be discussed. In addition, specific body system injuries and their management will be covered.

Module Learning Objectives

This module prepares the learner to:
  1. Discuss performing an appropriate assessment of pediatric trauma patients.
  2. List specific body system injuries.
  3. Discuss traumatic emergencies and interventions specific to pediatric patients.
Child Maltreatment 40 minutes
Module Description
Discuss common and uncommon findings in children who are victims of child maltreatment. Disorders that may resemble abuse will also be discussed.

Module Learning Objectives

This module prepares the learner to:
  1. Define child abuse.
  2. Cite current statistics regarding child abuse.
  3. Describe common signs and symptoms.
  4. Recognize children at increased risk for abuse.
  5. Recognize common physical abnormalities that may resemble abuse.
  6. Verbalize understanding of how to handle cases of suspected abuse.

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