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The #1 pediatric nursing textbook on the market, this book is known for its accuracy, current research, and highly readable writing style. It provides a foundation in child development and health promotion, and covers specific health problems — organized by age groups and body systems, so you can individualize care at the appropriate level for each child. A streamlined approach, superior illustrations, and a full-color design make it easy to find and understand key nursing information.

  • A family focus emphasizes the role and influence of the family in health and illness.
  • A “wellness” emphasis includes age-specific information on health promotion and injury prevention relevant to specific age groups, and discusses play, safety, language, self-esteem, nutrition, dental health, sleep, exercise, and sexuality.
  • Detailed presentations of pathophysiology in disorder sections provide a clear understanding of the impact of disease on normal physiologic functions.
  • Critical thinking exercises help you apply your knowledge and clinical judgments to specific situations.
  • Nursing Care Guidelines boxes provide clear, step-by-step instructions for performing specific skills or procedures.
  • Evidence-Based Practice boxes help you apply research and critical thought processes to support and guide the outcomes of nursing care.
  • Atraumatic Care boxes provide guidance for administering nursing care with minimal pain or stress to the child, family, and nurse.
  • Ethical case studies reflect complex patient care situations and illustrate proper consideration in care delivery.
  • Community Focus boxes emphasize community issues and provide additional resources on caring for children outside the clinical setting.
  • Emergency Treatment boxes provide quick reference in critical situations.
  • Nursing Alerts provide critical information and Nursing Tips provide helpful hints.
  • Cultural Awareness boxes highlight ways in which variations in beliefs and practices affect child care.
  • Chapter Outlines and Learning Objectives guide your approach to learning.
  • Key Points help you review and learn important concepts.
  • Up-to-date references highlight research and focus your review of important content.
  • Spanish-English translations in the appendix feature words and phrases commonly used in nurse-parent interactions.
  • Related Topics and Additional Resources in each chapter refer you to related information inside the book and in ancillary materials.
  • Free companion CD features NCLEX exam-style review questions, animations, critical thinking questions, case studies, modifiable nursing care plans, pediatric assessment video clips, illustrated pediatric skills, anatomy reviews, and more.
  • New Pain Assessment and Management in Children chapter consolidates coverage of this subject for easy reference.
  • Nursing care plans provide a model for planning patient care, including nursing diagnoses, patient/family goals, nursing interventions/rationales, expected outcomes, and newly included NIC and NOC classifications.
  • Family-Centered Care boxes help you prepare families to cope with their child’s care in special situations, providing information on patient teaching, home care, and incorporating the family in the child’s care.
  • Nursing process boxes provide streamlined, accessible information on major diseases and conditions.
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Wong’s Essentials of Pediatric Nursing continues to be a core text book that every children’s nursing student should have at their finger tipsto compliment lecture notes and to assist them to integrate theory and practice. Each chapter has ‘nursing alerts’ and criticalthinking exercises... It holds relevance for all children’s nurses and the usefulness of Wong’s Essentials of Pediatric Nursing continues long after completion of a programme in children’s nursing as a reference guide." Nurse Education in Practice, April 2009
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455743308
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 11/15/2012
  • Edition number: 9
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Unit One – Children, Their Families and the Nurse

1. Perspectives of Pediatric Nursing

2. Community-Based Nursing Care of the Child and Family

3. Family Influences on Child Health Promotion

4. Social, Cultural, and Religious Influences on Child Health Promotion

5. Developmental Influences on Child Health Promotion

Unit Two – Assessment of the Child and Family

6. Communication and Physical and Developmental Assessment of the Child

7. Pain Assessment and Management in Children NEW!

Unit Three – The Newborn

8. Health Promotion of the Newborn and Family

9. Health Problems of Newborns

Unit Four – Infancy

10. Health Promotion of the Infant and Family

11. Health Problems of Infants

Unit Five – Early Childhood

12. Health Promotion of the Toddler and Family

13. Health Promotion of the Preschooler and Family

14. Health Problems of Toddlers and Preschoolers

Unit Six – Middle Childhood and Adolescence

15. Health Promotion of the School-Age Child and Family

16. Health Promotion of the Adolescent and Family

17. Health Problems of School-Age Children and Adolescents

Unit Seven – The Child and Family with Special Needs

18. Chronic Illness, Disability, or End-of-Life Care for the Child and Family

19. Impact of Cognitive or Sensory Impairment on the Child and Family

20. Family-Centered Home Care

Unit Eight – Impact of Hospitalization on the Child and Family

21. Family-Centered Care of the Child During Illness and Hospitalization

22. Pediatric Variations of Nursing Interventions

Unit Nine – The Child with Problems Related to the Transfer of Oxygen and Nutrients

23. The Child with Respiratory Dysfunction

24. The Child with Gastrointestinal Dysfunction

Unit Ten – The Child with Problems Related to the Production and Circulation of Blood

25. The Child with Cardiovascular Dysfunction

26. The Child with Hematologic or Immunologic Dysfunction

Unit Eleven – The Child With a Disturbance of Regulatory Mechanisms

27. The Child with Genitourinary Dysfunction

28. The Child with Cerebral Dysfunction

29. The Child with Endocrine Dysfunction

30. The Child with Integumentary Dysfunction

Unit Twelve – The Child with a Problem that Interferes with Physical Mobility

31. The Child with Musculoskeletal or Articular Dysfunction

32. The Child with Neuromuscular or Muscular Dysfunction


A. Family Assessment

B. Patterns of Inheritance

C. Developmental/Sensory Assessment

D. Growth Measurements

E. Common Laboratory Tests

F. Dietary Reference Intakes: Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA) and Adequate Intake (AI)

G. NANDA-Approved Nursing Diagnoses

H. Translations of Wong-Baker FACES Pain Rating Scale

I. Spanish-English Translations

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