Still excited about all the learning I’m doing around Paediatric Emergency Nursing. This post is just a quick summation of what I’ve been reading and listening to so far. There are some wonderful resources freely available online!
I started with the Advanced Paediatric Life Support manual (available in Australia via the APLS website). This seems to be a popular choice of reference and is available in either ebook or print versions. After the introduction, the manual covers basic and advanced life support before moving into a comprehensive section on “the seriously ill child”. I supplemented this part of the manual with some podcasts produced by Colin Parker (twitter: @empemorg) and his cohorts at empem.org. I listened to Airway (2 parts), Breathing (4 parts), and Circulation (2 parts).
I decided to consolidate my learning from the APLS manual at this point (before moving on to “the seriously injured child”). I registered a free account with Spotting the Sick Child – an outstanding resource from the UK with sections on breathing difficulties, fever, rash, fits, dehydration, abdominal pain and head injury. One feature that makes this site particularly helpful is the multitude of video clips of real life children who exhibit the signs and symptoms being discussed. The site offers free registration for health professionals.
The section on fever led me to a very helpful series of case studies that pinpoint some of the key features of meningitis and septicaemia, freely available at the meningitis.org website. This dovetailed back to two more PEMcasts (Fever parts 1 and 2). Updated information about the NICE Guidelines for feverish illness in children is provided by Tessa Davis at Life in the Fast Lane. That brings me up-to-date on my studies. My little moleskine notebook is rapidly filling up with notes and copies of various charts and algorithms. As Ian Miller says, every nurse should carry a small notebook! I don’t know what I’ll do once my current book is full, though. I can just see myself carrying around ten notebooks in the future – NOT.