Winston-Salem State University, USA
Posters & Accepted Abstracts: J Nurs Care
Pediatric nurses require comprehensive skills related to growth and development to support communication with pediatric clients of all stages of development. Pediatrics is a specialized area of nursing. Nurses and student nurses are required to recognize, understand, and apply knowledge of growth and developmental stages to have successful communication with children in healthcare settings. Nurses encounter pediatric clients in various settings in healthcare. These range from educational settings to acute and chronic care settings. Communication with children is dependent on the child├ó┬?┬?s level of growth and development. A skilled healthcare provider who communicates effectively with children does so by recognizing stages of growth and development. Humor development, which mirrors cognitive development, is not readily used in the education of student nurses or pediatric nurses. Educating nurses and student nurses on humor development could enhance the understanding and comprehension of cognitive growth and development.
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