Every child is a unique individual. This individuality is evident in children exposed to psychosocial trauma or adverse childhood experiences. There exists wide variation in the way children respond to toxic stressors in their lives. Some children appear to be relatively unaffected, while others develop a variety of psychological, behavioral, and physical consequences. What is the explanation for this phenomenon? Resiliency has been suggested to explain this variation in pathology expressions in trauma-exposed children. It is vital for pediatric nurse practitioners to understand the concept of resilience. This continuing education offering will define concepts of resilience and stress, explore the neurobiology of resilience, and examine interventions that promote resilience in children. J Pediatr Health Care. (2017) 31, 384-390.

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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 and earn a 70% or higher score on the post test will be awarded 1.0 NAPNAP contact hours.

Target Audience

Pediatric-focused advanced practice registered nurses

Learning Objectives

1. Define the concepts of resilience and stress.
2. Discuss the neurobiology of resilience.
3. Understand factors related to resilience.
4. Describe resilience promotion at the macro-and micro-level.
5. Identify strategies to promote resilience that the peditric nurse practitioner can incorporate into practice.

Course summary
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Gail Hornor, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Center for Family Safety and Healing, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, OH.




CORRESPONDENCE: Gail Hornor, RNC, DNP, CPNP, Center for Family Safety and Healing, Nationwide Children's Hospital, 655 East Livingsto Ave. Columbus, Ohio 43205; email:

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