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Children: Rashes and Infections

Speciality Classification
Nurses and Midwives
Surry Hills NSW 2010
Face to face
10 hours 30 mins

2 Day Seminar: Fever in Children; Describing Rashes; Non-Infectious Diseases; Immunisation; Neurological Infections; Genito-Urinary Infections; Respiratory Tract Infections and Much, Much More...



Assessing and managing a child with a rash, infection or febrile illness can be especially challenging, and is often not well understood. This seminar will provide nurses, and others who care for children, with the knowledge to assist in determining what may be causing a child’s rash, and how to manage any associated conditions.

Additionally, this interactive program will allow nurses to differentiate common, mild and more serious infections that occur in children, and the assessment and ongoing management required. Case studies are included throughout the two day program, involving conditions such as infectious rashes, non-infectious rashes, respiratory infections, neurological infections and many more.

If you work with children regularly, or you are occasionally required to care for them, you will find this seminar highly informative and essential learning. This seminar, and this educator, have been consistently highly evaluated and registrations have been increasing, so book early to ensure your place.


Need for Program

No matter where nurses work, at some stage they are likely to be asked ‘What infection or rash is that?’ Many nurses have a good understanding of infectious diseases and rashes that present in adulthood, however, childhood infections may not be so well understood. This program explains and discusses the conditions that cause childhood infections and rashes, and will be useful to a diverse range of nurses, assisting them in the early identification and care of sick children.

Purpose of Program

This program provides nurses with continuing professional development that examines and explains childhood infections and rashes. It will discuss different types of infections and rashes including how to assess the child, administer and prioritise best practice nursing care.

Your Learning Outcomes

  • Assess and identify different types of childhood rashes and related nursing care
  • Distinguish the characteristics of the most serious rashes and conditions
  • Examine a range of infectious diseases in infants and children and associated nursing management
  • Outline best practice in management of fever and febrile convulsions in children
  • Schedule Day One

    8:30am - Registration and Refreshments


    Introduction: What Rash is That?

    In this introductory session, we will discuss the aims and objectives of the program. This will include a discussion of the question: ‘Why do children get so many infections?’


    Fever and Febrile Convulsions

    Although a high fever alone is not reflective of serious illness it is cause for concern in an infant or child as it indicates an infection is present. This session will review the definition of fever, look at the common causes and also explain more about febrile convulsion and associated nursing management.

    • What impact is fever having on the child?
    • Should you aim to lower the temperature of a child who has a fever?
    • What is the best way to care for a child with a fever?
    • What should you do if a child has a febrile convulsion?

    10:30am - Morning Tea and Coffee


    Infections and Rashes – The Childhood Context

    Assessing a child with a rash requires a holistic approach that relies heavily on a nurse's general knowledge of paediatric care. Topics include:

    • The significance of reviewing a child's overall health as a key to understanding the context of the presenting rash
    • Terminology that describes different types of rashes
    • Understanding different types of rashes and gaining a clear picture of what they look like
    • Macule, papule or pustule – how to identify different rashes
    • Accurate and practical documentation of rashes


    Non-infectious Rashes

    This session will review specific rashes, initially looking at those that are non-infectious, including:

    • Urticaria
    • Eczema
    • Psoriasis
    • Erythema multiforma
    • Idiopathic thrombocytopenic pupura (ITP)
    • Henoch Schőlein pupura

    12:15pm - Lunch Break and Networking


    Common Infectious Diseases with No Immunisation

    Children cannot be immunised for all infections. In this session you will learn about the signs and symptoms, and nursing care of a range of conditions for which there is no immunisation available. This includes:

    • 'Slapped cheek'
    • Hand, foot and mouth disease
    • Roseola infantosum
    • Herpes simplex
    • Molluscum contagiosum
    • Impetigo
    • Scarlet fever
    • Glandular fever
    • Non-specific viral rashes


    Infections and Conditions of the Genito-urinary System

    Infections and conditions of the genito-urinary system can cause enormous discomfort to a child and can lead to serious problems. Look at the common causes of infections and conditions of the genito-urinary tract, including their clinical manifestation and related nursing care:

    • Urinary tract infections
    • Testicular torsion
    • Epididymo orchitis

    3:00pm - Afternoon Tea and Coffee


    Immunisation – Preventable Infections

    Immunisation is a cornerstone of health promotion in infants and children. You will be brought up-to date on some of the illnesses that immunisation can prevent. This session particularly looks at the following:

    • Chickenpox, measles and rubella
    • Illnesses caused by haemophillus influenza type B

    4:30pm - Close of Day One of Program

    Day Two

    9:00am - Commencement of Day Two


    Neurological Infections

    In this challenging, illustrated session you will review some of the infectious conditions that attack the neurological system. This will include a revision of the nursing assessment of a child for meningitis and the action to take if you suspect a child has the condition. You will learn the characteristics of meningococcal disease and review examples of the rash that results from this serious condition. Topics include:

    • Meningitis signs and symptoms
    • Meningococcal disease identification, nursing interventions and treatment options
    • Encephalitis

    10:20am - Morning Tea and Coffee


    Coughs, Colds and Other Respiratory Tract Infections

    Can you confidently identify a wheeze from stridor? Are all coughs a cause for concern – especially those that sound dreadful? Preserving respiratory function is vital for survival and yet it is one of the most likely systems to become infected in childhood. You will consider a range of different respiratory infections and review contemporary nursing care. It includes:

    • Nursing assessment of children with respiratory infections
    • Coughs and colds
    • Sore throats and ear infections
    • Bronchiolitis, croup, pneumonia and pertussis
    • Nursing assessment of children with respiratory infections

    12:30pm - Lunch Break and Networking


    Coughs, Colds and Other Respiratory Tract Infections (continued)

    Coughs, colds and other respiratory tract infections are very common in children. This will be a continuation of the pre-lunch session and will include nursing management and interactive case studies.

    2:30pm - Afternoon Tea and Coffee


    Diarrhoea and Tummy Upsets in Children

    Gastroenteritis is usually a short acting condition that is very common in children, however, it can also be quite serious and even lethal. We will review this condition and discuss the appropriate nursing care.


    Summary of Program and Wrap-up

    What changes will you make in your practice as a result of attending this seminar? Have your objectives and goals been met? Take this opportunity to reflect on your new knowledge and how it will improve your practice.

    4:00pm - Close of Seminar and Evaluations

    • Causes of gastroenteritis
    • How it is spread through communities and how to stop it in its tracks
    • Why gastroenteritis can be a killer
    • Rehydration and fluid management
    • Nursing care of a child with gastroenteritis in hospital and in the community


    Gerry Silk

    Gerry Silk

    Gerry has many years of paediatric nursing experience, including 16 years in the Emergency Department of the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne. The last 10 years at this renowned hospital were spent as a Clinical Nurse Educator. Gerry currently works part-time as a paediatric nurse educator at the Angliss Hospital in Melbourne and runs her own business in paediatric health education. Her teaching is consistently highly evaluated by participants who attend her lectures. Gerry is also the author of the highly successful Ausmed book entitled ‘Care of Sick Children: A Basic Guide’.

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Children: Rashes and Infections
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10 hours 30 mins
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10 hours 30 mins
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Surry Hills NSW 2010
Rydges Sydney Central (formerly Sebel Surry Hills), 28 Albion Street
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