The nursing profession is constantly evolving – there are dozens, if not hundreds, of different nursing specialties.
Today, GIFTED highlights Pediatrics (Peds) Nursing. A pediatrics nurse cares for patients between infancy and adulthood, and has a unique role within the medical community.
Read on to learn about the duties and benefits of pediatrics nursing.
Roles & Responsibilities
A pediatrics nurse cares for patients between infancy and adulthood. Because their patients are children, Peds nurses are required to display a deep understanding of human growth and development.
Peds nurses are required to perform many of the same duties as an RN that cares for adults. However, Peds nurses perform their duties with special care and attention – studies show that they have a much larger impact on their patient’s long-term health.
In addition to taking extra care with their tasks, a pediatrics RN must approach their relationship with patients differently than nurses caring for adults. A pediatrics nurse must be warm, compassionate, and good with children. At times, Peds nurses act as a substitute for a parent or loved one, making silly jokes and playing games with their patients
Why Is Pediatrics Nursing Unique?
The pediatrics nursing experience is unique in a few significant ways.
First, pediatrics nurses must be excellent interpersonal communicators. They interact directly with their patients more than any other kind of nurse.
A great pediatric nurse is a great listener. Depending on their age, pediatric patients often communicate much differently than adults, so pediatrics nurses must be observant of the emotional states and non-verbal cues of their patients.
Pediatrics nurses also interact with the families of their patients more than other kinds of nurses. Pediatrics patients’ families are very involved with their care and recovery, so nurses must communicate effectively with everyone responsible for their patients’ well-being.
Pediatrics nursing can be psychologically taxing – but it’s extremely rewarding. Pediatrics nurses have deeply moving and joyous experiences on a regular basis, but often care for severely or terminally ill patients. Over time, this can take an emotional toll, making self-care a must.
According to the Institute of Pediatric Nursing, pediatrics registered nurses most commonly work in:
- Free-standing children’s hospitals (30.3 percent)
- Children’s hospitals associated with a major medical center (28.3 percent)
- Outpatient specialty care (11.7 percent)
A pediatrics nurse’s routine is similar to nurses in other specialties. The following list (Rasmussen College) outlines the daily responsibilities of a pediatrics nurse:
- Assess patients’ conditions
- Record patients medical histories and symptoms
- Observe patients and record the observations
- Administer patients’ medicines and treatments
- Help perform diagnostic tests and analyze the results
- Teach patients and their families how to manage illnesses or injuries
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) Nursing
PICU nurses have similar duties to nurses that work in adult ICUs. They treat patients with serious or life-threatening conditions.
PICU nurses typically care for fewer patients per shift than standard Peds nurses. They must constantly be alert and work quickly to stabilize a patient’s condition during emergency health issues.
As we mentioned above, PICU nurses care for severely ill patients on a daily basis, making their job emotionally intense. However, guiding a patient to a successful recovery from critical condition is an extremely rewarding experience.
Other subspecialties include Peds Operating Room (OR) nursing and Peds Emergency Room (ER) nursing.
Pediatrics Nurses Are Heroes
GIFTED is honored to support all Peds and PICU nurses.
Peds nurses display a tremendous amount of skill, care, and compassion every day. They play a critical role in their patients’ successes – clinically, developmentally, and emotionally.
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