Parents want to be involved in the treatment and recovery process of their ill children. They want to be kept abreast of any changes or developments medical professionals see. Parents want to provide the best care they could afford to give to their children. There are indicators that can be noted to judge the quality of health care given at health care facilities. One of the key indicators is the communication and comprehension skills of the medical staff.
One of the important members of the medical staff is the Pediatric Nurse. They are Registered Nurses (RNs) who provide patient care to children of all ages in various health care and clinical settings. An undergraduate program must be completed first at nursing schools; these could be programs in Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Associate’s degree and diploma. A licensing exam must be taken upon completion of the program.
Formal classes in undergraduate programs cover basic nursing care and supervised clinical practice in nursing schools. Undergraduate programs do not offer specialty programs for pediatric nursing.
Nurses are trained in this specialization by working in hospital settings that care for children’s medical needs. Many of these sites give classroom instruction and clinical practice which focuses on the health conditions and treatment of children. These are internship programs which typically last for moths up to a year. Diseases, tools and technology used are different or vary with those used for adult patient care.
Salary compensation of pediatric nurses is relatively high but depends on their education, experience, location of hospital, patient population and complexity of cases managed.
Pediatric nurses are knowledgeable on the growth and development of their patients. This is essential as they prepare nursing care plans and monitor their conditions. They also work with the family to easily handle children.
General pediatric care units address the health needs of kids with acute and chronic medical and surgical conditions. Children who need more frequent and comprehensive monitoring such as patients with critical or risky conditions are placed in pediatric intensive care units (PICUs). There are also intermediate care units for patients that need more care provided at general pediatric care units but not as much like those in PICUs. Medical staff at these facilities are trained to recognize symptoms of complications and skilled in intervention for prevention of medical condition escalation.