I will begin my pediatric rotation in August.
Background, I have 5 years RN experience, 4 of which in the ICU. I have absolutely zero experience in pediatric nursing, besides my undergraduate rotation, which was not all that great.
In between now and next semester, I'd like to review some topics related to peds so I can be somewhat prepared for clinical.
Any advice on common illnesses that I should know, tips, tricks, the best resources, things you wish you knew before you started, etc?
I love kids, and I'm thrilled to start a new rotation, but I have no children of my own yet, and my experience is seriously lacking (I don't even know normal pediatric vital signs, I feel clueless). Appreciate it!!!
Jul 1, '13
I would download a good drug information app so you can quickly look up pediatric dosages. As an NP student I found this helpful (that was back in the days of palm pilots!). Also, I would review abdominal complaints. I work in the ER and see a lot of kids for "tummy aches" while most of these just turn out to be GI viruses, there are some abdominal related complaints you need to be sure not to miss in kids (ex. appendicitis, intussusception).
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