Pediatric Telemetry Specialty Clinicians Use Nursa™ for PRN Jobs
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The pediatric telemetry nursing specialty is a sub-specialization requiring dedication and skill to both the technical skills required of a telemetry nurse and the knowledge and skills of a pediatric nurse. At Nursa™, we’re seeing a rise in demand for pediatric telemetry nurses, in part due to intensive care unit (ICU) downsizing trends in hospitals across the nation.
Where Do Pediatric Telemetry Nurses Work?
Positions for pediatric telemetry nurses are typically found not only in pediatric hospitals as one might expect, but rural hospitals and trauma centers as well. Their units are sometimes called telemetry units, direct observation units, transitional care units, intermediate care units, or step-down units.
What Does a Pediatric Telemetry Nurse Do?
A pediatric telemetry nurse is responsible for the lifesaving monitoring equipment and technology of infants to adolescents who are critically ill or preparing for surgery and require monitoring. These devices monitor heart rate, oxygen saturation, breathing, and blood pressure. In addition to monitoring the devices, a pediatric telemetry nurse assesses and analyzes readings from the equipment and may administer PRN medications in accordance with device outputs. Moreover, they create plans of care unique to each of their patients and collaborate with other specialized staff.
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Essential Characteristics of a Successful Pediatric Telemetry Nurse
Due to their responsibility of monitoring critically ill patients, a pediatric telemetry nurse needs adaptability and quick thinking. They must be able to react in time to stabilize patients, interpret and apply protocols, and yet remain vigilant and focused the entire time they are monitoring. They are keen observers as well, because they must be able to detect signs of cardiac or respiratory decline. They are compassionate with their patients and their patients’ families.
Basic Life Support (BLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) are typically required certifications for pediatric telemetry PRN shifts. Additional certifications preferred may include the certification as a Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN) and the certification for Cardiovascular Telemetry Nurses as well. Prior experience working in a critical care unit or a post-anesthesia care unit may be beneficial to your digital professional portfolio as well because it speaks to an ability to work under the pressure of providing care to critically ill patients.