A patient may ask for a prescription which might be way beyond our expertise, I don’t think even PCP would do it. She explained to me how hard it is to find a good job and also it is hard to find a group that would open a position for NPs. I asked “What issues you find as an advanced practice nurse that are interesting” When I asked her what is interesting about your job as NP, she states that she is enjoying teaching patients, seeing a wide range of age and type of patients, the patients care and differential diagnosis and also everyday learning something new. We spoke about the working environment and she was very happy about it and how well and convenient it is. Working hours work load were very manageable for her.
Being a nurse is not always as easy and picture perfect as people paint it to be. A nurse is expected to act perfectly professional, even when tears, anger and all-around emotions are begging to come out. A nurse must always be the one that has their life together, especially when others do not. They are there to be the ones to hold and care for others in desperate times of need. Nurses are expected to be more than just a nurse, but rather an advocate, caregiver, support system and professional.
They constantly assist doctors, but all in all, spend the most one-on-one time with these young patients and their families. Therefore, these nurses must have a caring and compassionate nature to physically and mentally assist their young patients. As a pediatric nurse, you do many things, including direct care, informing patient’s and their families about their different options, setting up specialized treatment plans, monitoring the condition of patient’s and much more. In this position, you will be working with children of all ages from infancy, to toddlers, and all the way up to adolescents. However, before you can do any of this, you must first complete a grueling, yet rewarding academic career.
Psychosocially a patient and family need time to understand and accept the diagnosis. Providing education to the family and patient about what to expect will relieve the stress of the unknown. It is necessary to readdress taught information as reinforcement will provide an increase in confidence. In addition to providing emotional support, it will be important to help the family organize the patient’s environment. Setting up a hospital bed up in an area that is free of clutter, with room for family members to deliver care.
Follow-ups with the convalescent can improve a bond as well. Simply calling the family of the patient or the actual patient and giving them an update or good news can greatly ameliorate the relationship between the two. More often than not, patients are not having a good time. Obviously because they are in the presence of a nurse they are either sick, injured, uncomfortable and probably frustrated and scared. Nursing is a highly onerous occupation that can become a burden for some, but patients should never see that frustration.
“Making Kids Cry: The Day in the Life of Pediatric Nurse Madelaine Than,” by Melissa Suzuno, Madelaine offers helpful advice to struggling students. To give students a starter, networking is important to any field or major. Networking helps build up connections between peers and educational systems. Madelaine advises students to be their own character and stand out from the rest rather than becoming like someone else and another. To those pursing nursing, she suggests that it’s important to explore and have a open mind.
Helping and doing things for people is something I have always enjoyed, and I believe nursing combines these perfectly. I have always liked working with kids and for that reason, I want to be a Neonatal Nurse. A lot of people think that a Neonatal Nurse just has the responsibility of receiving the newborn and feeding it. Even though at times this might be true a Neonatal Nurse has other roles. A Nurse has to track the heartbeat of the babies, check breathing and make sure their respiratory system works.
The Child Life Specialist’s most important work is the communication with the family and the patient. Fear and anxiety comes from a lack of knowledge and understanding. The Child Life Specialist can assuage the distress for both parents and child by adopting the role of liaison and advocate for the child’s care. The process and transaction components of communication “highlight the complexity and fragility of communication and strongly urge that measures be taken to see that context does not interfere with effectiveness in communication” (Thompson, 2009, p. 81). Child Life Specialists use age appropriate words and props, or toys, to make the world of the hospital less intimidating and more understandable for the child.
The only expense is scrubs and shoes, which after a certain amount can be a tax write off. I would say one would like to work locally. Mainly because then you know the patients and most likely their families. Being familiar with the area can make for easy conversation starters too. Being a Certified Nursing Assistant can be very challenging.
Career Analysis: Pediatric Occupational Therapist I have hopes of becoming a Pediatric Occupational Therapist, after I further my education. Pediatric Occupational Therapists treat and help infants, children, and teens, born with physical disabilities or recovering from an injury. It is important to develop or acquire open communication with parents and children in this career. Additionally, you need to have patience with those who have disabilities and in doing repetitive treatments. Occupational Therapists (O.T.s) need to have a respect and understanding for their patients’ struggles and pace.