Pediatric Nursing Care from an ER nurse | Tips on treating Pediatric Patients
Pediatric Nursing Care from an ER nurse | Tips on treating Pediatric Patients. Best way to treat Pediatric Patients from a ER Nurse. In this video I am going to give you suggestions on how to treat pediatric patients in the hospital. Being an emergency room nurse for a few months, I have treated many pediatric patients and in this video I want to share with you what I have learned from helping them out.
Prior to working in the emergency department, I had never really treated pediatric patients in a clinical environment. However, as some of you may know, I used to work as a medical office assistant for a few years and so pediatric patients were not completely new to me. Especially at the clinic I used to work at as there was a family physician who specialized in pediatric care. But treating them in the hospital where you have to perform pretty invasive procedures can be actually quite challenging. However now that I have been working in the emergency department for a good chunk of time, I think I can provide some insight on ways to better provide care for these patients.
Oh and before I begin like I mentioned I am not a pediatric nurse so all you pediatric nurses out there don’t throw shade.
With that being said the first suggestion that I have for treating pediatric patients is to make yourself eye level with the patient. Try to make yourself as small as them and either sit or kneel down. For instance do not stand up, while they are sitting. Doing this will provide them with a lot more comfort when you are speaking to them and they feel less intimidated. This is especially the case for children that are within the age range of 2 – 10. So the first thing I do when I go into a patient room is to sit down and try and make myself smaller. When I do this I almost immediately notice that the child is a lot less afraid to be playful with their mother in the room and you can just tell they are a lot more comfortable.
The second suggestion I have for treating pediatric patients is to compliment what they are wearing. This works for pediatric patients of all ages really, I always try to establish a good rapport by first complimenting their shirt or what they are holding etc.. Doing this creates a conversation that does not intimidate them. Often children are more likely to open up to you if you talk about something they like or something they are wearing. They are always taught at a young age to be polite and this opens the room for a conversation and just overall makes them feel more comfortable.
The third suggestion I have is to establish a good connection of touch. The way I typically do this is by explaining what needs to be done and ending the statement by asking them to give me a high five. For instance, if I have to give some oral suspension medication like acetaminophen or ibuprofen, I tell them “I need to give you this to make you feel better, do you think you can do that? I think you can you seem very strong. And then ask them “give me a high five”. And then when they high five me I often shake my hand saying “wow! You are so strong!! You hurt my hand you high fived me so hard!!”. Doing this does multiple things, the first is it establishes a sense of trust between you and the child by telling them exactly what’s going to happen. It also ends the conversation by making them feel like they are strong, complimenting them which makes them much more likely to do what is being asked of them.
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