children are very important for their families. Each family considers that their child is unique and their integral part. That is why the role of nurse in a pediatric setting is very important as a caregiver, as a teacher, as a counselor and health promoter. Carla Luggiero, the Senior Associate Director of American Health Organization, said that, “ There are an array of patient care activities performed by nurses who work in hospitals. In addition to providing care at the patient's bedside, nurses are also extremely involved in patient education and working as team coordinators for patient care. Nurses also help coordinate outpatient care and educational programs provided by many hospitals."
Nursing covers many aspects of care including physical, mental, psychological, social, educational, cultural aspects. To cover all these aspects in their nursing care, nurses in pediatric setting believed in performing their duty with following core elements:
As already discussed, role of a nurse is very important in pediatric setting, because she has to play a role of a caregiver, a teacher, an advocate etc.
· : it is the core responsibility of any nurse practitioner. Nurses provide care, not only for physical illness, but also for emotional, mental, social and spiritual problems to ensure the complete healing of the patient.
· : nurse practitioner, especially in pediatric setting, has to play a role of teacher. It is the duty of the nurse to teach patients and their families, how to live with present health condition and how any disease can be prevented? The core responsibility of nurse practitioner as teacher is to teach the family of the children to prevent diseases and to provide a most healthy environment for children. Nurse practitioner also teaches the families to adhere to the best healthcare behavior, maintenance of a healthy life style and most appropriate use of healthcare services. Teaching role of a nurse practitioner includes the following responsibilities:
1. Identify the need of teaching
2. Develop a clear learning strategy for the child’s family
3. Provide learning according to the strategy
4. Evaluate the results
· : nurse practitioner’s responsibilities in this role include the safeguarding of child and the family’s interests and providing the psychological, mental and spiritual help to the patient and his family. Advocate’s role requires that there exist a mutual confidence and understanding between the nurse practitioner and the family of the child. The major objectives of this role are to protect patient and his family’s self-determination, to act as a shield between the patient and hostile environment, and to act on patient’s behalf. This role includes the following responsibilities:
1. Explain the role of different healthcare providers to the patient and his family
2. Make necessary changes in the environment to safeguard the welfare of the patient and his family
3. Ensuring that adequate healthcare is provided to the patient
Stress in Pediatrics Nurse Practitioner
If any job “is not an entity, but a complex interrelationship of tasks, roles, responsibilities, interactions, incentives, and rewards,” then none may be treated effectively by ignoring the array of attributes associated with the job. Instead, a format for identifying and analyzing these attributes becomes useful.
When first considered, a job seems to be a straightforward concept. One’s job is what is done, typically on a continuing basis, in exchange for some reward or compensation. Yet a nurse’s job is more than the application of nursing skills. The idea of the reward or compensation is more complex than it might first seem, too; a volunteer hospital worker does not work for what normally view as compensation, for no money is involved.