Pediatric nursing study help

  1. Does anyone have any tips for studying pediatrics? I reviewed some NCLEX questions and I'm having a hard time with the Growth & development pattern -type questions.Last semester the very first test was on normal growth & development and majority of the students failed. I was wondering if anybody had any study tips that they could share so that I can prepare better.
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  3. by   Daytonite
    make list or a chart of the normal growth and development behaviors and tasks that are supposed to be exhibited at the various ages in peds. like pathophysiology of medical diseases, you look to deviations from these norms to point you to the symptoms of the pediatric disorders. this is important because the ability of babies and children to articulate their discomforts is limited compared to adults. so, your physical assessment skills have to be very sharp with kids. your clues to the disease processes going on with them are going to lie in the behavior they exhibit. therefore, you have to know these normal behavior patterns down cold. if you didn't learn them last semester you need to do so now.