Since 1995, My Education Resources & Solutions, LLC - formally known as "Growing Up With Us" - has provided continuing education to thousands of nurses across the country. Growing Up With Us... A Newsletter For Those Who Care for Children was first written in early 1995 to meet the age-specific learning needs of pediatric staff at a large tertiary University Medical Center in Durham, NC. Mary Myers Dunlap, RN, MAEd, our founder, and Editor-in-Chief, recognized the need for population/age-specific training from her own practice as a clinical educator. Her 35 years in nursing education served her well. She recalls a poignant conversation during a chart review with a career ladder "expert" pediatric staff nurse.
In chart reviews, she identified that, on admission, for EVERY pediatric patient, "knowledge of drugs and treatments" was identified by the staff nurse as a learning need. When speaking to the staff nurse, she offered, "Rather than identifying knowledge of drugs and treatments as a learning need for this 6 month old, let's look at the subjective and objective data collected on admission. This infant is over the 95th percentile in weight, drinks sweet tea and cola in her bottle, and solid food intake consists primarily of mashed potatoes and gravy. Do you see a teaching need individualized to this patient and family?" After much silence, our founder asked, "How about teaching this baby's parents about proper infant nutrition?" The response by the "expert" staff member - "You'll have to teach us before we can teach parents."
Our pediatric newsletter, Growing Up With Us, was soon in publication, nationwide.