Celebrating Pediatric Nurses Week
Calling all pediatric nurses, those who work with them, and those whose lives have been changed by them to celebrate Pediatric Nurses Week. If you’re not a pediatric RN, you might think that it’s a fun job holding babies and playing games with kids, but the reality is, it’s takes a lot of work and many years to develop the necessary skill set for caring for these young patients.
That’s why the Society of Pediatric Nurses (SPN) dedicates an entire week to pediatric nurses, including those who are on staff at a variety of facilities as well as those who work in travel nurse jobs. In 2018, this special week will take place from October 1st through October 5th, with pediatric departments across the nation taking advantage of this opportunity to celebrate their nurses. It helps to put focus on the critical work these RNs provide to improve healthcare delivery and reflect on the many contributions they make, not only to patients, but to their families and communities.
How to Celebrate
There are lots of fun ways that you can celebrate Pediatric Nurses Week if you don’t already have plans to do so. One of the simplest is for a travel or staff pediatric nurse, is to post a picture on Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag #ProudPediatricNurse, showing and/or telling the SPN why you’re proud to be a pediatric nurse, and then sharing the post with friends, families, co-workers and others, encouraging them to like, comment and share it too. The more your post is passed around, the better. In fact, the SPN will award a prize to the one that gets the most likes: a 2019 Pediatric Nurses Week package to help their institution to celebrate during next year’s special week.
You may want to participate in other ways too, like hosting a potluck or ice cream social in your department, holding raffles, incorporating a fun theme for the week, or even doing things like scavenger hunts and face painting for the patients.
Inspire Others to Become a Pediatric Nurse
Pediatric nurses are needed in many areas of the country, which is why there are usually so many travel jobs, as well as permanent staff positions, open for them. Why not use this opportunity to inspire someone else to consider this career?
What a Pediatric Nurse Does
If you aren’t a pediatric nurse yourself, as mentioned, you should know these nurses do a lot more than enjoy spending time with babies and children. These are specialized registered nurses who work for pediatricians in a variety of settings, including physicians’ offices, clinics and hospitals. They may conduct physicals, administer immunization shots, screen for diseases, diagnose illnesses, prescribe medications and place intravenous (IV) lines in patients. Pediatric nurses often deal with conditions that can range from colds and broken bones to life-threatening illnesses. They have a special role in supporting young patients’ conditions and treatment options, as well as offering emotional support. They may work as a general pediatric nurse or specialize in a field like pediatric hematology/oncology.
Requirements for Becoming a Pediatric Nurse
Before becoming a pediatric nurse, you’ll need to become a registered nurse, or RN. That requires obtaining a nursing degree and passing the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses, known as the NCLEX-RN. After that, you’ll need experiencing working as an RN for at least two years, ideally with young patients.
Speaking of patients, a pediatric nurse must have a lot of patience when working with kids of all ages, as they operate on their own clock, often not on a nurse’s schedule or aligning with their specific task list.
These nurses also must rely on their own “nurse instincts” as many of the young patients they care for can’t or won’t be able to tell them when they aren’t feeling well, are short of breath or have certain other symptoms. For that, and many other reasons, don’t forget to take time to honor pediatric nurses of all types during Pediatric Nurses Week!