Student nurse - what is need to know info for peds clinic?
- 0Oct 14, '12 by kewi90Hi all!
I'm very excited as I have just received my preceptorship placement in a pediatric clinic. I have always wanted to work in a Children's Hospital, and this is my first chance getting to work with peds since beginning school! I graduate in Decemeber, but we were never allowed to be assigned to them on the floor.
I'm wanting to make myself a bit of a "cheat sheet" to study in my free time to refresh on some of the things I will need to know while working in a pediatric clinic. What would you suggest I brush-up on before beginning this new placement?
Ie - Vaccinations - types/times/side effects
Also, any other tips for a newcomer would be greatly appreciated
- 1Oct 14, '12 by JolieIn peds it is important to be aware of the differences in maturation, growth and development expected at different ages.
Know (or have a cheat sheet) the normal range of vital signs of newborns, infants, toddlers, pre-schoolers, school age children and adolescents. Also the expected parameters of growth (length, weight, head circ. and how to plot them), normal developmental tasks and play activities, norms of language development, and age-specific safety considerations.
These are important for 2 reasons: You want to be able to identify what is normal versus abnormal, and you want to be able to interact appropriately with children of all ages.
Also get very, very familiar with vaccine schedules