Ethics in the PICU: The Art of Providing Care for the Chronically Critically Ill Child

1.0 NAPNAP Contact Hour. This continuing education activity is offered at a reduced rate to NAPNAP Members. This continuing education activity rate is 10$ for NAPNAP Members. For non- members, this continuing education activity rate is 20$.
Pediatric-focused nurse practitioners in the PICU provide care for chronically, critically ill children every day. With the advancement of technology, many of these children are surviving and even thriving. However, ethical conflict can sometimes arise between providers and caregivers when these children become critically ill. Providers must then discuss and merge these conflicts while keeping the best interests of the child in mind.  The presenter will review an ethical principles and discuss relevant cases studies, providing in-depth discussion regarding strategies to providing compassionate, ethical care in the PICU for these critically ill children

This continuing education activity is administered by the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) as an Agency providing continuing education credit. Individuals who complete this program will be awarded 1.0 NAPNAP contact hour, of which 0 is pharmacology content.

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Target Audience

Pediatric-focused advanced practice registered nurses

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the Medical Code of Ethics as it pertains to pediatrics.
  • Explain how advancements in medical technology have impacted pediatric ethics.
  • Discuss ethical dilemmas using real life scenarios and how to approach these dilemmas.
Course summary
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  • 1.00 Contact hours
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Heather E. Herrera MSN, RN, CPNP-AC/PC
Heather Herrera is a dually certified pediatric nurse practitioner working in a busy 24-bed PICU at the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio and works as an assistant professor with Baylor College of Medicine. She also enjoys being a pediatric acute care updates committee member with the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. 

Available Credit

  • 1.00 Contact hours


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