Support sick or hurt kids and their families.
What does a Pediatric Nurse do?
Don’t let the colorful, patterned scrubs fool you-Pediatric Nurses do serious work. The young age of their patients actually brings with it some extra challenges.
From infants to teenagers, children require specialized health care. Their bodies can react differently to medications and treatments, and they cannot be treated simply as miniature adults. To be a Pediatric Nurse, you’ll need to be well versed in topics such as human development and genetic disorders, so that you can help with the detection and diagnosis of illnesses.
Another major difference between caring for children and adults is the communication barrier. Kids can’t always explain what’s wrong as easily as adults. You’ll need to ask them lots of specific questions-but in very plain language-to make sure you fully understand their condition. Children also get frightened easily, so you’ll have to be extra comforting to help them through tough procedures.
As a Pediatric Nurse, you’ll often be responsible for talking to patients and their families about the treatment they’re receiving, the illness or injury they’re dealing with, and how they should continue to care for their condition at home. Your calm, friendly nature will go a long way in putting children and family members at ease.
The frantic parents, bright futures, and utter innocence of your patients add up to a lot of pressure when it comes to caring for their lives. As a Pediatric Nurse, you’re sure to have plenty of joyful and heartbreaking moments every day. Picking out your fun Halloween and Valentine’s Day scrubs should be a nice respite.