The nursing line of work comprises many individuals who perform dedicated tasks within their sphere. Nurses specialize in their fields of interest which may include critical care, emergency services, surgical procedures and pediatric care etc.
Pediatric home care involves nurses caring for children who have been recently released from a hospital. They provide nursing services at home for children whose families would rather that their children are looked after at home than at a hospital. They assess their patients, administer medication and provide both physical and emotional support to their wards. They may be responsible for babies, toddlers and young adults; some people hire pediatric nurses in order to assist them with taking care of a new born during the initial difficult period after birth.
It is a prerequisite for a pediatric home care nurse to be a licensed practical nurse at the very minimum. Employers generally want to hire experienced nurses so that they can be confident about the treatment that their children are given.
• Assess children’s health problems and chart-out a care plan
• Provide one-on-one patient care
• Administer medication and take and record vitals
• Assess home situations to determine that children are in the best possible environment
• Plan and provide a meal program in accordance to children’s health and nutritional needs
• Assist children with daily care such as grooming, bathing and toileting
• Ensure that all vaccinations are given in a time-efficient manner
• Provide emotional support to children and their families
• Work with pediatricians to ensure that proper treatment is administered at all times
• Ensure that the treatment provided is producing the expected results and alter treatments when the requirement occurs
• Diagnose diseases by performing analysis
• Observe symptoms and report to the pediatrician
• Start and monitor intravenous fluids
• Observer children for changes in health
• Act as a home health educator for children and their families
• Work as a nurse advocate in order to safeguard the children’s rights
• Provide recreation and diversion to children under care
• Record medical findings, symptoms and observations
• Ensure safety of children at all times
• Act as consultant for children’s welfare