High Risk Pediatric Care: Current Trends, Treatments & Issues

As pediatric providers, we all know that children don’t always present with “text book” type illnesses. It takes advanced knowledge of the pediatric popula...
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Maria Broadstreet
Full Day
Audio and Video
Oct 20, 2016


  • The seriousness of chronic traumatic encephalopathy & concussions
  • Do you know what drugs kids are using in your neighborhood?
  • Interpret lab results and x-rays with ease
  • Cyclical vomiting/abdominal migraines are not just made up
  • Dangerous hypertension and multisystem organ failure
  • Identifying acute headaches – without imaging

As pediatric providers, we all know that children don’t always present with “text book” type illnesses. It takes advanced knowledge of the pediatric population to quickly identify acute conditions and formulate a diagnosis and plan. Do you know a child can lose half of their blood volume before it affects their blood pressure? Are you confident that a headache isn’t something more? We will look at many of the complaints kids can present with to ensure you leave with the knowledge and skills necessary to intervene appropriately, all with the most up-to-date research to support the best outcomes for your patients.

Maria has a laid back, humorous approach to teaching within a fun, interactive environment. Her teaching style can make even the most difficult conversations easier to broach with parents and kids, such as when it becomes necessary to address risky teen behaviors, obesity or refusal of immunizations. The way you approach and interact with parents can change the trajectory of the visit, as well as the future health and well- being of the child.

The objective from this one-day, career-changing event is to approach patient care in a new way, with more confidence and advanced abilities to formulate the most effective treatment plan!





  • More vaccines? – The latest updates
  • Responses to parental concerns

Clues from the Lab Results

  • Is that normal & what do we do with it??
  • Evaluating CBC results
  • Liver tests
  • TFTs

Acute Neurological Conditions

  • How to identify life-threatening pediatric headaches
  • Childhood periodic syndromes: Cyclical vomiting/abdominal migraines are not just made up
  • Evaluating new onset seizures: What does it signal?

What you NEED to Know When Assessing for a Concussion

  • Essential assessment strategies
  • Return to play guidelines
  • Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

The “Hypersensitive” Child: Allergies, Asthma . . . and More!

  • Why are we seeing such an increase in allergies?
  • Evaluating the clinical symptoms is not enough
  • Can we prevent asthma?
  • Allergy testing you MUST be aware of

Pediatric X-Ray Interpretation Tips

  • Pneumonia
  • Intussusception
  • Cardiac disease
  • What is it???

Pediatric Cardiology

  • Evaluating for conditions at risk for sudden death (The Sports Physical)
  • EKG results: Making sense of the QRS
  • Pediatric hypertension and treatment
  • Shock in children: Identifying early warning signs

Childhood Obesity

  • Intervention strategies/Conversation tips
  • Exploring factors in weight gain

Targeting Teens

  • Trends in teen drug use: Do you know what they are using in your neighborhood?
  • Starting the conversation…




Maria Broadstreet, RN, MSN, APN Related seminars and products: 4

Maria Broadstreet, RN, MSN, APN, has over 26 years of nursing experience and has held a certification as an advanced practice nurse for the past 19 years. She currently practices at Modern Med Recovery in Park Ridge, Illinois and treats patients at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago. Maria has a special interest in addressing and treating pain and is certified as a Pain Resource Nurse.

As a nurse practitioner at Modern Med Recovery, Maria evaluates patients with opioid addiction, manages inductions into treatment and maintenance visits. Maria believes in both a medical and holistic approach to treating different aspects of the substance abuse cycle. Treatment not only includes medication, but regular maintenance visits, 24/7 support, assistance in seeking therapy and support groups. Maria is one of only about 5% of medical providers that has undergone certification to prescribe buprenorphine to treat opioid addiction.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Maria Broadstreet has an employment relationship with Lurie Children’s Hospital. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Maria Broadstreet is a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners.