Hello Fellow Peds nurses. I start my first nursing job on Monday and I will primarily be on the Peds. Unit. I am extremely nervous and excited. Anyway I got to thinking and wanted to ask about a topic. I am sure I will find out soon enough but it's like to get a heads up and see how it is at other places.
What happens when a young child has no family present. Like is there a policy that says that for someone lets say 2 has to have someone present at all times? If not and family has to go to work or tend to siblings or maybe a bad home situation and they can't remain at the hospital the whole time, what happens to the child. I imagine the nurse can't take the child with them into every room to look after them and at that age they probably can't be left in the room alone with no one looking after them.
Anyway, I hope I am making sense. I am sure I will find out how it is in my hospital soon enough but was curious how a situation like this is usually handled. I know at the hospital I am working at it is a locked unit coming in, you have to be buzzed in or have a special badge to protect the patients, but this wouldn't keep a child from wondering off if there was no one around. I don't think you have to be buzzed out, only in. This would only be one of the many concerns.
I only did clinicals there for 2 days during my peds rotation and I do remember a time I took care of an 8th month old so the mom could go down to the cafeteria and show the babys daddy how to get up to the floor.
Peds wasn't where I "saw" myself, I considered it during peds rotation. I am good with kids, I have worked in childcare for 5 years so I am comfortable with kids, I have 4 kids of my own. But I worry how I will handle abused and neglected kids because it's an area that hits home. But when I realized I had a very good chance of getting this position it all really grew on me and I am really looking forward to it. I see a lot of pros of working on peds with the cons being more on an emotional level. I also worry about doing procedures on kids. The peds nurses in our hospital often get called to the ED to do the procedures on kids down there too.
I look forward to learning from you experienced Peds nurses!