What is a Pediatric Home Care?
A pediatric home healthcare is a health care setting for children with illnesses that may include disabilities, special needs, and post-operative care with an environment that simulates the comfort of a child’s home. It includes facilities such as round-the-clock doctor or physician, availability of pediatric home healthcare nurses, availability of life-support equipments such as ventilator and oxygen monitoring systems.
The Role of a Pediatric Home Health Nurse
A Pediatric Home Health Nurse caters to healthcare services such as Neonatal care, taking care of prematurely born infants, providing assistance during treatment of children with cardio-vascular diseases, complicated intra-venous therapy, oncology cases, and chronic as well as infectious cases.
Various home care for children covered by health care nurses include Genetic, Congenital, Respiratory, Neurological, Gastrointestinal, Orthopedic, Renal, Endocrinal, Dermatological, Immunological and hematological disease. Apart from this, care is provided at a personal level based on a particular child’s treatment plan.
Thus, private duty nursing or PDN is a health care service that is provided for approximately up to 24 hours per day, thus, giving parents and families the needed peace of mind while performing routine chores such as sleeping, working, and other routine household chores.
Providing care to infants, children that in turn help their families during tough times is an insightful, helpful, rewarding, and very important responsibility. Most frequently, those individuals who follow a professional career in pediatric health care nursing are particularly suited to provide help to this age group. The role performed by a pediatric home health nurse is slightly different from other pediatric-related job profiles as these individuals do not just help babies and infants during hospitalization or routine check-up. A pediatric home health nurse has the opportunity for investing in the lives of primary caregivers of their patients and also, subsequently provides help in achieving significant health-related milestones. Thus, a person who has the natural inclination towards serving sick children is best suited for this job.
This variety of pediatric home care services can also be seen as an extension of the health care nursing service care a recuperating or child will receive in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). It is the responsibility of a Pediatric home health nurse to:
Record observations in an informed manner
Chart the health progress and also
Note down any decline in health or health-related setbacks for attending doctors and/or specialists to enable them to review
Provide appropriate medical treatment and prescribe medications
These specialized nurses also act by providing the primary caregivers or parents with health education.
Therefore, taking an active part in establishing treatment plans and care, providing help to create well formulated and structured health care and daily routine are equally important tasks performed by pediatric home health nurses that provide support to families and also, help in achieving normalcy.
What are the duties of a Pediatric Private Duty Nurse?
Pediatric home care nurses are those classes of nurses that are specialized in providing care to children from birth till adolescence. These pediatric private duty nurses are a little different from hospital-based or visiting nurses as they can provide skilled nursing care to those children with special needs for approximately 8 to 12 hour daily shifts in the safety of a patient’s house. Children who routinely require a private duty nurse will be those who have undergone tracheostomy, who is on ventilation, gastric tubes, and jejunal tubes as these patients require specialized attention and care. Also, there is a constant need for preventing the development of infection. Patients, who have brain damage or are suffering from any chronic disease that may result in seizures or any other life-threatening conditions, are in constant need of a private health care nurse as there is a need for personal care to reduce the hospital appointments and improve the quality of life. Thus, some of the critical conditions that pediatric private health care or duty nurse can treat are:
Feeding via a tube (Enteral feeding)
Chromosomal or genetic defects or abnormalities
Dependency on tracheostomy or ventilator support
Trauma to the brain or other severe injuries
Five Benefits of Pediatric Private Duty Nursing
There are up to five benefits of availing Pediatric private duty nursing that include optimizing one’s quality of life, personalized health care planning, reducing the need for frequent hospitalizations, providing support to a child with complex medical requirements, and providing wholesome benefit to the complete family.
What are the benefits of a career in Pediatric Home Health Nursing?
The profession of a pediatric home health nurse allows one to deeply improvise the personal lives of very young patients. At times, the main role of a pediatric care nurse is to provide help to chronic sick children, thus, they help in living off their days as much comfortably, as possible. As pediatric health nurses, it is their duty to improve day to day life of a child’s primary caregiver while at the same time, providing them with adequate knowledge which they might require in helping the patient.
Pediatric home health care jobs have a good salary suited for their hard work and expertise. Also, a trained pediatric health nurse assists medical professionals. Additionally, there is job security which is an added advantage as there is always a requirement for children and their families who need standard care by trained nursing professionals.
Qualities of a Pediatric health nurse
There are certain requisites or qualities of a pediatric health nurse as follows-
a) Excellent listening skills:
Nurses frequently undergo interaction with the patients and their immediate families which are substantially more than any other health care provider. It is comparatively easier to acquire required information from any adult when compared to a child patient as they might not be capable of describing their symptoms and may at times, become non-verbal. Thus, it is very important to watch as well as look for symptoms a very young child patient may also be experiencing. It is very important to study the family life of the child patients, as there may be limitations in finances, transportation issues, or any other stressors which impact the quality of personal care to the child.
b) Capability of communicating openly:
Families of medically complicated children are usually not capable of dealing with health issues of the child, which is crucial for maintaining good quality and open communication.
Also, while treating a child, before initiating any procedure, there should be a clear and slow conversation with very simple explanations while the detailing can be explained to the parents. It is very important to maintain compassion while dealing with parents of a special needs child. Hence, communication is the key for both parents and child and siblings as well. Thus, a family-centered approach generally results in inclusion, engagement, and educating everybody within the family and those residing in the house.
c) Empathy and compassion:
All professional nurses embody an empathic attitude and compassion however, it is essential for any pediatric home health care nurse as most of the time, they are dealing with medically compromised conditions that are serious and potentially life-threatening health issues. Thus, even on one’s hardest days, it is essential to maintain composure and continue practicing compassion as well as understanding while managing their family issues
d) Emotional and psychological Stability:
Emotional stability is the hallmark of any private duty professional or pediatric health care nurse. Even in times of turmoil, a pediatric health care nurse must maintain a state of calmness. As most of the clinical conditions of patients are challenging especially when there is an involvement of a small child. However, even in the trying and testing times in these situations, both the child patient and their family completely count on a trained nurse as they are expected to be strong-willed and level-headed. In a calm state of mind, it is possible to make the right decisions for a patient that has a direct impact on their families.
An experienced pediatric nurse is capable of handling various critical and alarming situations with relative ease. It is also important to maintain physical fitness as long working hours are usually the requirement of this kind of job.
Centric Healthcare’s Pediatric Home Services
Various home health services that are provided by Centric Healthcare’s Pediatric Private Duty Nurses are:
Nursing care for small babies
Provision of Ventilators
Apnea monitors and oxygen therapy
Taking care of children undergoing treatment for cardiovascular diseases
Intravenous drug administration
Taking care of children undergoing cancer treatment
Providing medical care to children with various chronic as well as infectious diseases.