Pediatric nursing. Aside from the maternity unit, it’s one of the places you want to be in the hospital. There’s nothing as sweet as knowing you played a role in helping to heal a little one’s ‘boo boo’ or brought a smile to an otherwise-sullen teenager. As a CNA, working with children is something special, and although not every case you come across will end happily, those that do will fill your spirit and make it all worth it.
Of course, that’s only if you’re up for the challenge. The thing you have to consider when you’re working in pediatric nursing is that you’ll be working with children of all ages, from infants to teenagers. As a health care assistant, the LPN or RN in charge will have the skills to perform a number of procedures. Your job will be to take care of the basics, like:
- Intake information
- Vital signs
- Basic care, like bathing, feeding, and changing diapers
- Holding infants and children when their loved ones and parents are not available
- Reporting any changes to the charge nurse quickly and efficiently
Yes, smiling. And joking. And laughing. Your number one job will be to make the child you’re caring for feel better. You’ll need to like children, have plenty of patience, and an ear for details if you plan on going into pediatric nursing as a CNA.