Pediatric Intensive Care Unit ( Picu ) And Shadow The Nurse Stacy

1166 Words Oct 24th, 2016 5 Pages
I was very happy I received the opportunity to observe down in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) and shadow the nurse Stacy. I am interested in pediatric nursing, and although I was a patient in the PICU at one time in my life, I did not get to see or learn a whole lot about it. I was surprised to find out the nurse I was shadowing had her Associates Degree in Nursing along with some of the other nurses on the unit. For some reason, I just figured the nurses would all have their Bachelors of Science in Nursing. Stacy informed me that the nurses can have their Associates Degree in Nursing (AND), Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), or a BSN with the certification of a Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN). She told me that along with your CPR certification you have to have Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) training, as well. There are a lot of similarities when it comes to responsibilities of the nurse in the PICU compared to a nurse on the unit I am assigned to for clinical, but there are quite a few differences, as well. Essential responsibilities for this job include taking the vital signs and doing physical assessments, and then, recording the data onto a paper flow sheet that is in the patient’s room at all times. They do it this way so when the doctors, attendings, and residents are making their rounds all the vital information they need is right there in the room with them, and they do not have to search through the computer system for it. There…

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