Community Hospital North offers a 20-bed pediatric unit. Both 8- and 12-hour shifts are available, with varied weekend commitments. The typical nurse to patient ratio is 1:4 during days and 1:6 at nights. Nurses in this area work with both RNs and patient support persons (PSPs).
Pediatric nurses care for children aged 2 days to 18 years old. Typical daily activities include provision of care to inpatient, observation and ambulatory patients. Patients may have a range of conditions, from respiratory and GI to neurological and orthopedic disorders.
Above all, nurses in this area stay because they love caring for children, but also because of the flexibility afforded them. Outstanding pediatric nurses are also advocates for the patients and their families.
This unit is a unique area designed for caring for patients and their families. Special features in this unit include a parent’s lounge, kids playroom, treatment room, refrigerator in each room, and a parent work area in the patient's room. Special equipment in the pediatric unit includes high-tech security systems and 24-hour video EEG seizure monitoring technology.
Cross-training nursing opportunities in the pediatric unit include family rooms (maternity) and neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).