Paediatric Assessment: Understanding Children’s Physiological Differences
The phrase ‘children are just tiny adults’ hold little truth and our assessment and management must consider these differences. Understanding how to perform a paediatric assessment & why different aspects are considered is vital for all nurses who encounter children in their clinical work.
Rob has been a nurse for more than 30 years with a background in emergency, psychiatry & hyperbarics. I have worked in Brisbane’s largest trauma units, & in Queensland’s most remote farther reaches as a remote nurse.
He has been a full-time nurse educator for 15 years and regularly takes remote area contracts to remain clinically current. He has taught to the Australian College of Emergency Nursing (ACEN) in their popular Trauma Nursing Core Course TNCC (ENA: USA between 2000 -2008) & continues to openly endorse this course despite no longer being affiliated with them.
In 2004, he co-developed the Queensland Health Rural nursing programs called PACS and PEPEN. Published in 2006 in his research interest – Rural and Isolated Practice nursing (RIPERN), and in 2013, was honoured by being nominated & voted one of Australia’s top 5 most Influential Nurses in an online survey by Nursing Review, & was interviewed by ABC Radio.
He is a self-confessed Trauma Junkie, and as an academic with casual appointments at USQ, he remains a passionate advocate for rural & remote nursing education.