Caring for children with endocrine conditions

This learning module has been accredited by the Royal College of Nursing and was last updated in 2016.

All modules are subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software.

Duration: 01:00:00 Type: CPD modules Level: Qualified Nurses


Kate Davies, Senior lecturer in children’s nursing, London South Bank University Research nurse in paediatric endocrinology, Institute of Child Health, London.
Jacqueline Collin, Lecturer, King’s College London.

Short description

Update your knowledge and skills in caring for children with endocrine conditions. This module is aimed particularly at general children's nurses.

Detailed description

Children and young people referred to paediatric endocrinology services present with a wide range of illnesses and disorders varying from minor to life-threatening conditions. This learning module introduces the role of the children's endocrine nurse in caring for children and families undergoing investigations that are frequently undertaken to identify specific problems associated with pituitary, adrenal and thyroid glands. Although children with endocrine problems may be cared for in specialist centres, they may also present, for other health reasons, in secondary and primary care. In schools some children may need teachers to administer emergency medication. There is a high incidence of children diagnosed with growth hormone deficiency and an even higher incidence of congenital hypothyroidism. These children would benefit from health professionals having a broader understanding of their conditions. This module aims to disseminate information and educate colleagues in children's nursing to raise the profile of children with long-term endocrine conditions.