Education and Training in Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care

Mary E. McBride, Dorothy M. Beke, James D. Fortenberry, Annette Imprescia, Louise Callow, Lindsey Justice, Ronald A. Bronicki*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Pediatric cardiac critical care is a new and emerging field. There is no standardization to the current education provided, and high-quality patient outcomes require such standardization. For physicians, this includes fellowship training, specific competencies, and a certification process. For advanced practice providers, a standardized curriculum as well as a certification process is needed. There is evidence that supports a finding that critical care nursing experience may have a positive impact on outcomes from pediatric cardiac surgery. A rigorous orientation and meaningful continuing education may augment that. For all disciplines and levels of expertise, simulation is a useful modality in the education in pediatric cardiac critical care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)707-714
Number of pages8
JournalWorld Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2017


  • certification
  • competency-based education
  • nursing education
  • pediatric cardiac critical care
  • physician education
  • training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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