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Children's Health Author: Staff Editor Last Updated: Dec 30, 2013 - 2:20:32 PM

Traumatic Brain Injury in Children is Focus of Pediatric Nursing Journal Special Issue

By Staff Editor
Dec 30, 2013 - 2:13:37 PM

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( - Research is increasingly showing that head injuries need to be taken very seriously, and that seemingly minor concussions can have long-term consequences. To alert health care providers and educate them about the latest findings, Pediatric Nursing Journal (PNJ) has published a special issue on TBIs in children in its November/December 2013 issue.

Covering everything from incidence (500,000 children a year in ERs for head trauma) to the effects on siblings, the special issue contains six continuing nursing education (CNE) feature articles, an editorial, and four columns devoted to the topic.

In one of the CNE features, author Christine Narad Mason provides an overview of TBI, pointing out that it is the anatomy of a child's brain - wide spaces between brain and skull - and other differences from adults' brains, that make children particularly vulnerable to extensive injury from head trauma.

In another CNE article, PNJ Editor Judy Rollins describes the experiences of parents whose child has suffered a brain injury.

"When a child incurs a traumatic brain injury, parents suddenly enter a culture filled with technology, confusion, and uncertainty," Rollins writes. Because parents are wrestling with their own fears and emotions, she adds, it is critical health care professionals build trust and provide them with honest and accurate information.

Also in the issue, authors Julie Sprague-McRae and Ruth Rosenblum explore the crucial role of the school nurse as a frontline caregiver for students with neurological conditions.

"The special health needs of students with neurological conditions require a chronic disease resource school nurses and other school nursing staff to develop and maintain a high level of clinical expertise," they write. School nurses often deal with epilepsy/seizures, headaches/migraines, tic disorders, and sports-related concussions.

To learn more about Pediatric Nursing Journal and the special issue on traumatic brain injury, visit To view the table of contents of the November/December issue, click here.


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