Medical Foster Care

by ThePMHNP ThePMHNP (New) New


     My husband and I are considering becoming foster parents. I am debating on whether to be a general foster parent or a medical foster parent. I've worked in child psychiatry as both a nurse and now as a Psychiatric NP and have had quite a lot of exposure to foster children. I was wondering if anyone has experience in medical foster care and what the most common illnesses are? Since I have a background in mostly psychiatry (worked for a year in med surg after nursing school) I would not feel comfortable with cases that require high level skills such as managing a tracheotomy, but would be more comfortable managing illness such as HIV or diabetes. What are some of the most common conditions you seen? Just deciding which track to go. Thank you!! :)