Kentucky: Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma for Nurses

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Intended Audience

This course is approved by the Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN) for nurses licensed or obtaining licensure under KRS Chapter 314 who need (1.5) contact hours covering recognition & prevention of pediatric abusive head trauma.


Pediatric abusive head trauma (AHT) is one of the most serious types of child abuse. AHT is a well-recognized constellation of brain injuries caused by the directed application of force to an infant or young child, resulting in physical injury to the head and/or its contents. This course describes all forms of Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma. It presents in a clear and precise way the characteristics and consequences of this medical and social problem that affects children of all socioeconomic levels, with serious consequences in all the spectra of life. Also describes how to recognize and help prevent pediatric abusive head trauma.


Expectations & Goals

The purpose of this course is to transmit to health professionals’ knowledge the ability to recognize and prevent pediatric abusive head trauma (AHT). Successful completion of this course requires scoring 80% or better on all quizzes. They can be retaken until the material is mastered.


Learning Objectives

  1. Define “pediatric abusive head trauma”
  2. Identify the risk factors for head injuries resulting from abuse
  3. Describe the mechanisms of injury, clinical presentation, history gathering, physical assessment, and diagnosis of pediatric AHT
  4. Distinguish between accidental and abusive head trauma
  5. Discuss resources for prevention


  • Kentucky Board of Nursing Provider ID: 0030-12-23
Instructional Methods
  • Assessment Review
  • Interactive Elements
  • Lesson Recall Self Assessment
  • Scenarios
  • Slides Presentation
  • Autograded
  • Lesson Quizzes
  • Passing 80%+
  • Quiz Retakes
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