PICU Nursing / Pediatric Articles

PICU Nursing / Pediatric is available for Nurses to learn from and help each other to enhance care. Pediatric critical care nursing carries the broadest scope of practice of all the nursing specialties. PICU nurses care for all children from babies only hours old to teenagers in grown-up bodies, often in the same shift. These children may present with a simple problem easily treated, or multiple complex issues taking every ounce of skill to overcome. The learning curve is steep, the knowledge base wide and the rewards immeasurable.

RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus)  - More Than Just a Cold

RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) - More Than Just a Cold

by NotReady4PrimeTime - RSV. Those three little letters are enough to strike terror in the hearts of PICU nurses everywhere. It’s like a bad penny, turning up without fail every autumn; by... Read More →

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The Agony of Ecstasy, Act 2 - NTI 2016 Session

The Agony of Ecstasy, Act 2 - NTI 2016 Session

by NotReady4PrimeTime - What Are We Looking At? There are four classes of drugs typically implicated in the rave culture. Stimulants and dissociatives are the two most commonly used... Read More →

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The Agony of Ecstasy in PICU and Other Tales... a Play in 3 Acts - NTI 2016 Session

The Agony of Ecstasy in PICU and Other Tales... a Play in 3 Acts - NTI 2016 Session

by NotReady4PrimeTime - It used to be that children admitted to the PICU following a drug ingestion had gotten into Grandma’s purse, or climbed up on the bathroom sink, or maybe tasted... Read More →

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Short Circuit: Supraventricular Tachycardia for the Novice PICU Nurse

Short Circuit: Supraventricular Tachycardia for the Novice PICU Nurse

by NotReady4PrimeTime - Let's pretend you're working on a pediatric inpatient unit and one of your patients was admitted for the ubiquitous and poorly-defined failure-to-thrive syndrome.... Read More →

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Grow Brave Through Reflection: Moral Distress in PICU (Part I)

Grow Brave Through Reflection: Moral Distress in PICU (Part I)

by NotReady4PrimeTime - There has been a lot written in recent years about moral distress in health care. With the rapid pace of technological change it has become commonplace for patients... Read More →

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Grow Brave Part III: A Case Study

by NotReady4PrimeTime - The scene: a tertiary care combined adult/pediatric hospital in a large city on the first Sunday night of spring break. The PICU is full although there is one... Read More →

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What makes a better pediatric nurse? Life experience vs. credentials

What makes a better pediatric nurse? Life experience vs. credentials

by JNURSCO - What makes a better Pediatric Nurse? I have often thought about this very question. Are you a better pediatric nurse if you are a mom or if you have skills and... Read More →

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The Agony of Ecstasy - Act 3... Ringing the Curtain Down

The Agony of Ecstasy - Act 3... Ringing the Curtain Down

by NotReady4PrimeTime - Case Study #1 - Miss TB and Ecstasy TB, age 15, attended a wedding in a small rural community about an hour's drive from a children's hospital. She and 8 other... Read More →

Dealing With Death in the PICU

Dealing With Death in the PICU

by Julie Reyes - It has been a particularly harsh summer for me and the nurses I work with. I have had seven of my patients pass away, either on my shift when I was their nurse, or... Read More →

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Haywire! Some Uncommon Causes of Status Epilepticus in Children

Haywire! Some Uncommon Causes of Status Epilepticus in Children

by NotReady4PrimeTime - PICU nurses are no strangers to the seizing child. There are many causes of seizure disorder in the pediatric population and some are much more common than others.... Read More →

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Grow Brave Through Reflection: Moral Distress in PICU (Part IV)

Grow Brave Through Reflection: Moral Distress in PICU (Part IV)

by NotReady4PrimeTime - Each of us brings our own particular personalities, opinions and experiences to the workplace and we all deal with issues in our own ways. Coping mechanisms are as... Read More →

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Grow Brave Through Reflection: Moral Distress in PICU (Part II)

Grow Brave Through Reflection: Moral Distress in PICU (Part II)

by NotReady4PrimeTime - We all know nurses who exhibit signs of burnout. Everyone will have different reasons for their behaviour, and moral distress is often on the list. What does... Read More →

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