Like is the case with other nurses, those involve in the provision of pediatric services are trained to take samples, perform physical examinations, order diagnostic tests, and to measure vital statistics. Those of these nurses who have acquired advanced trainings are normally able to provide diagnosis as well as develop plans for treatment of their patients. This group of nurses is often preferred by parents to handle their children based on the fact that they are trained to meet specific children’s special needs. However, this write up will utilize four different articles in highlighting some of the ways in which the services offered by pediatric nurses can be improved.
Howard and Timmons in their article, Emotional Labor: the challenges of working with children and cancer, identified how nurses, patients as well as their families can benefit from managing their emotions while in any ward of pediatric ecology. In explaining this concept of emotional labor and its application to those children suffering from cancer, the scholars discuss extensively the usefulness of emotions in nursing especially if it is well managed. Their study found out that irrespective of the vital contribution of emotional labor in nursing, most of the practitioners normally neglects it. They argued that because of the challenging nature of the nursing care relevant to children, nurses should seek the appropriate ways of employing emotions in palliative care to ensure a high level of support to colleagues, patients, and the carers (Howard and Timmons, 14).
Egerton, in her article, Role of advanced pediatric nurse practitioners, raises the concern over the seemingly annual increase in the attendance of children at the departments of emergency. She notes that this is happening irrespective of the fact that some of these children have minor illness that can easily be addressed at their respective homes (Egerton, 30). The study proposed that instead of the service providers seeking to alternate the health-seeking behavior of their patients, they should seek an improvement of the kind of care they offer to the patient whenever they are in contact with them. The study thus illustrates how successful it can be for pediatrics to develop the service of an Advanced Pediatric Nurse Practitioner within their emergency departments. As was observed, this can greatly help in the reduction of the number of children being admitted as the families affected will be given support which enables them to care for their children at home. It will eventual allow the nurses to attend to more serious cases.
On the other hand, Crawford Doreen in her article, Maintain good practice in the administration of medicine to children, discusses the part played by the children’s nurse in administering medicines to them. The study explain such concepts as ‘off label’ in emphasizing the need for those involved in the administration of medicines to children to ensure they adhere to all the legal requirements and processes (Doreen, 29). This can help improve the work of pediatrics especially those involved in disguising and crashing of the medication as they will be able to observe all the ethical standards as required of them. The pediatric will also be bale to identify certain areas in which errors may always occur as well as ensure that they assess every child reduce the possibility of harming them.
Finally, Knapp, et al. in their article, Pediatric nurses’ attitudes toward hospice and pediatric palliative care, note that there has been little research done on pediatrics. According to them, many of the researches have been focusing on the attitude of nurses in relation to hospice as well as adults’ palliative care (Knapp, et al, 121). The study therefore stresses the need for more research on the work of pediatric nurses. The result which pointed out to the fact that the attitude held by pediatric nurses who work in the city within the program of pediatripallative care was significantly different from those who were employed in other sites is useful to any organization with pediatric nurses. Such initiatives would result into more cases of children patients being referred to be cared for by their families.
In conclusion, all these articles have significant contributions to the work of pediatric nurses.