"In this presentation, Barb covers various stages of growth and development from the six- to the 18-year-old. It includes a helpful discussion of the "teen-age" brain, which undergoes a major transformation between the ages of 13 and twenty-five. A conversation about mirror neurons helps explain why a kid who bullies becomes an adult who bullies and is most likely to have been raised by a person who bullied, why child abusers beget child abusers, and the theory that autistic children have "broken" mirrors. In addition, she covers the assessment of various clinical conditions that school nurses may encounter—sore throats, abdominal pain, head injuries, signs and symptoms of child abuse, kids with celiac disease, mono, respiratory conditions including the common causes of cough in kids, evaluating the child with asthma, pneumonia, allergic rhinitis, abdominal pain, hypo and hyperglycemia, allergic reactions, and recognizing partial complex seizures (the most common seizure disorder in the world, and the least diagnosed). Barb will also discuss normal vital signs—weight, BP, pulses and respirations and various conditions that change the normal parameters." -- Barb Bancroft website.
"This one-day seminar provides an in-depth discussion of essential aspects of caring for the geriatric patient. Physiologic changes with aging are correlated with physical assessment findings as well as side effects of common drugs used in the aging population. An emphasis on neurologic function includes peripheral neuropathies, dementia and delirium, movement disorders and the special senses. Type 2 diabetes and thyroid dysfunction are covered in the Endocrine System. Reproductive changes are gender specific and include causes of erectile dysfunction in the male and menopausal changes in the female. Cardiovascular diseases include coronary artery disease and atherosclerosis as well as hypertension and CHF. Respiratory function briefly covers COPD and other age related changes in lung function. The effect of NSAIDS in the GI system is emphasized as are the common causes of constipation in the elderly population. The effect of a decreased glomerular filtration rate and drug excretion is correlated with side effects and drug toxicity. This lecture is presented in Barb's characteristically humorous fashion and is a must for anyone working with and caring for Geriatric patients. It truly is a "GEM" of a lecture." -- Barb Bancroft website.