Date of Award


Degree Type

Master's Essay - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)



First Advisor

Agnes A. Reinders

Second Advisor

Corinne Drexler


The scientific foundation of pediatric practice is the knowledge that the child is different physically, mentally, and emotionally from an adult. In a unique way, his development is an ongoing dynamic process involving total integration of the whole child. He grows and interacts with his environment as a unit in mind, body, and personality. Each and every part or the child's nature has to grow--his sense of self; his rears; his feelings toward others; and his judgments and attitudes. In life itself and in his particular behavior, he reflects his constitution and experience.