Caring for Adults With Congenital Heart Disease in Pediatric Settings: Challenges and How Nurses Can Aid in the Transition

Author(s): Kristin Anton, RN, BS, BSN, CPNP-AC

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP B 1.00

Expires Aug 01, 2019

Topics: Behavioral/Psychosocial, Cardiovascular

Population: Pediatric

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

As surgery for complex congenital heart disease is becoming more advanced, an increasing number of patients are surviving into adulthood, yet many of these adult patients remain in the pediatric hospital system. Caring for adult patients is often a challenge for pediatric nurses, because the nurses have less experience and comfort with adult care, medications, comorbid conditions, and rehabilitation techniques. As these patients age, the increased risk of complications and comorbid conditions from their heart disease may complicate their care further. Although these patients are admitted on a pediatric unit, nurses can aid in promoting their independence and help prepare them to transition into the adult medical system. Nurses, the comprehensive medical teams, and patients’ families can all effectively influence the process of preparing these patients for transition to adult care.


  • Identify 3 clinical challenges of adult patients treated in pediatric settings.
  • Discuss the roles of nurses, the comprehensive medical teams, and patients’ families in preparing these patients for the transition to adult care.
  • Describe the 5 factors to be included in a programs transition curriculum.

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