Pediatric Emergency Room
Pediatric Emergency Room Specialty Requires Special Nurses
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Pediatric emergency department nurses and nursing assistants have the specialization that combines two passions: pediatrics and the emergency room. If you are drawn to working in a fast-paced, high-pressure atmosphere, and also feel passionate about working with children, this may be the path for you.
Where Do Pediatric Emergency Nurses & CNAs Do?
Pediatric emergency care focuses on providing care that is family-oriented, sensitive, and compassionate. Pediatric emergency department nurses will typically find themselves employed in children’s hospitals and urgent care facilities.
PRN nurses working in the pediatric emergency department specialty must be able to do the following:
- Remain calm while managing trauma, injuries, or illnesses to protect their pediatric patients from increased anxiety about the urgency of their situation
- Quickly assess and diagnose their pediatric patients
- Stabilize their pediatric patients
- Administer appropriate medications to mitigate pain
- Have patience and compassion for the families of pediatric patients
- Manage negative emotions when pediatric patients do not improve
- Have the ability to move on to the next pediatric patient with full attention
- Continue learning and improving skills
- Display a comforting bedside manner for their patients and family members
What do Peds ER Nurses Do?
Nurses and assistants who work in the emergency department of a facility must triage and treat pediatric patients that come to the ER. Common reasons for emergency department visits by children include:
- Respiratory diseases
- Digestive disorders
- Nervous system disorders
- Infectious diseases
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Recommended Certifications for Peds ER Nurses
Certifications in the field are available and a good way to keep your skills up to date and demonstrate to your employers your commitment to your work and your pediatric patients. There are various national organizations as well that you can connect with to continue your learning, and explore ways to further specialize in the field. One certification that would be valuable for nurses in this particular specialty would be the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Certification through the American Board of Pediatrics.
Characteristics of a Successful Peds ER Nurse
It takes a special nurse to work with children, especially those who are taken into the emergency department. There are truly some horrific things that these nurses see on a daily basis, including child abuse and other injuries, and one needs to understand this before they enter into this particular nursing specialty. Those who are up to the challenge, need to be quick on their feet and able to react well under pressure. Emergency departments in general can be hectic environments in which to work, so a nurse must be a problem solver and a multi-tasker.