It's a pet peeve of mine that the nurse who brings the patient up might not have ever laid hands on the child. It's unfortunately the nature of the environment sometimes, but it is helpful to have some insight into how the kid reacts to strangers, and to handling. Oh, and don't harrass me about when you can bring the kid up; I might have to move another kid, have a room cleaned, change an assignment, the nurse may have to set up the room on her own because we don't have a service worker on, there may already be a crisis going on in the unit that requires a lot of manpower... I'll call you as soon as I can.
ER-to-PICU hand-offs at my hospital are often less than optimal for a number of reasons. For one thing, the charting is completely different and it takes many minutes of searching to find out when meds were given, how much fluid the kid's had, what diagnostics have been done and so on. If the nurse giving me report is able to tell me, "Joey had 2 - 20mL/kg saline boluses, the last one about 40 minutes ago and BP stabilized, an LP and blood cultures then a dose of ceftriaxone at 2145 and went for a CT of the head just before we came up. Oh, and Dr Smith wants him to have some Solumedrol at midnight," I'm happy. When my medical staff comes to the bedside I know what has already been done and when.
I don't expect the patient to be clean as the driven snow when they arrive, but I do expect that any trauma x-rays will have been done, because we don't take patients back downstairs for them and many of them are not doable with portable equipment.
Any information you can pass on about the family dynamic is good. Who's the primary caregiver? Is there animosity between the parents? Who brought the kid in?
Congratulations on your new career. And kudos to you for wanting to begin as you mean to go on.