. 40(3):153-159, May/June 2015.
Nursing care of children having a surgical procedure can be challenging when there are special developmental or behavioral needs. Nurses in this pediatric perioperative unit describe development and implementation of an Adaptive Care Planning tool. Individualizing the plan of care based on parent-reported specific behaviors, triggers, and communication patterns of children prior to hospitalization can lead to a more successful perioperative experience for patients and families.