Tetra of Fallot? - page 2
My patient this week was a peds patient with pneumonia. He had a history of open heart surgery to correct a congenital defect called Tetra of Fallot. I looked up the defect in my med-surg book... Read More
1Jan 28, '13 by BostonFNP, NP ModeratorQuote from StephalumpIf you are working with a population of chronically ill kids, odds are the parents will know far more about the kid's illness than you. So I will let you in on a huge insider secret tip...I had an exam today so I had to put my care plan on the back burner for a few days, but I wanted to be sure to that you all for your help!
I have had zero pediatrics so far (someone had to volunteer to go into the rotation early, and that someone ended up being me) so I felt extremely lost and lacking in knowledge while I was there. Y'all definitely helped a lot!
Ask the parents "tell me what you understand about your child's illness (or the history of)". It allows you to assess their insight and it fills in gaps for you. Plus, as nurses, we care about more than just the disease, we care about the individual's experience of the disease.