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- by dianabay Jul 22, '08Hi all:
Does anyone know how a RN (with no experience in peds in 20 years) can get experience in pediatric areas? Can you do a"refresher" of some sort to get back up to speed? How about volunteering/ observing ??
I would be happy to work (paid or volunteer) with children in any capacity, especially disadvantaged children. Any ideas?? Thanks
- Jul 23, '08 by becembrieThe Children's hospital I am going to be working at has residency program for nurses that have experience in other areas, but are now wanting to work with peds. I would call around to some local hospitals and see if they have anything similar. I think your best bet would be a Children's hospital. Do you have one in the area?
- Jul 24, '08 by ChristineNI know the Children's hospital I work at has a rigorous 3 month orientation, so they assume when hiring you that most of their GN/RN's have no experience with kids. I'm going to say that any hospital with a good pediatric orientation would be great.
- Jul 24, '08 by kinajpMost hospitals will have an extensive orientation b/c they know that peds is a whole different world. The peds hospital I work at does 10weeks...and many of new grads feel comfortable once out of orientation. They still tend to ask alot of questions, but didn't we all?
- Jul 31, '08 by dianabayThanks for the advice, everyone; And for taking the time to respond!
- Jul 31, '08 by firecoinsThis class is designed for EMS but it may go over stuff you need to know. Its called PALS. Pediatric Advanced Life Support. I don't know if it helps much but its a nice refresher of info on treating pediatrics.
- Jul 31, '08 by dianabayThanks; that's a good idea. Any pediatric unit would probably like you to have PALS.
- Jul 31, '08 by janfrnQuote from firecoinsWell no, not really. PALS is meant for anyone who might potentially care for a critically ill child. Most PICUs, pediatric and general emergency departments, ORs, PACUs and even sedation dentistry practices want PALS. There's a lot about peds nursing that it doesn't cover.This class is designed for EMS but it may go over stuff you need to know. Its called PALS. Pediatric Advanced Life Support.