Peds rehab and med/surg??

  1. I interview next week for a med/surg and rehab position AND for an intermediate care position. Nurse recruitment said I'll need to be ready to offer them a preference after the interviews. I think I'd love the intermediate care with monitored beds and more specialized treatments, but the med/surg hours are going to be better for me at this time since I am still taking more college hours. I never had a slot on the med/surg floor during my pediatric rotations in school and was wondering if it is the same type of Dx and procedures as what I would have seen for adults. This is a childrens hospital only, therefore all cardio, burn, ortho, and hem/onc patients have a specialized floor.

    I'd like any advice related to this situation and the skills and duties that would be used, as I really have no idea what to expect. Thanks
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  3. by   newestlilnurse2b
    ahh nevermind.. I didn't get any response, so I have been looking up information online. Thanks anyway
    Last edit by newestlilnurse2b on Nov 19, '07
  4. by   perfectbluebuildings
    Hey, sorry I just saw this today. I work on a (basically) peds med-surg floor in an exclusively children's hospital. Well, more med- than surg-, haha. I can tell you a lot of the things we usually see: respiratory illnesses (pneumonia, asthma, bronchiolitis/RSV, croup, etc); dehydration/gastroenteritis, MRSA abscesses/cellulitis, CF patients, Crohn's or other chronic GI patients, as-yet unknown-cause abd pain, seizures, meningitis, and several "chronic" patients with multiple health problems, in for one reason or another, most often respiratory issues, or problems with their G-tubes. We often have children with trachs and/or home vents, usually only one or two at the most at a time (on a floor that holds up to 45 patients). What else? Oh, we occasionally get children/teens who have attempted suicide but are not yet medically stable enough to go to the psych unit that is sad; also littler kids who just accidentally got into grandma's heart medicine or the tasty chewable multivitamins. We usually have 4-5 patients apiece, occasionally 6 if it's busy, or 3 if one is especially ill/busy; and have one nurses' aide for every 9-10 patients usually.

    Wow, I wrote a book!!! I hope this helps a little bit. Good luck with your decision.