My Specialty: Pediatric Nursing

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“My Specialty: Pediatric Nursing”

The article, “My Specialty: Pediatric Nursing,” by PHN Elizabeth Hanks focuses on pediatric nursing, a field very close to my heart. When my youngest daughter was two years old, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor that caused severe seizures. We spent the next several years in and out of the hospital. The pediatric nurses who cared for her helped my daughter and our family feel as comfortable as they could. I felt that my daughter was well taken care of and without them the situation would have been harder on the entire family. Therefore, I chose an article about pediatric nursing because it is a field of nursing that is very close to my heart and has played a big role in my life and the lives of my family members.
Pediatric nursing is a field of nursing that encompasses multiple specializations. The article featured interviews from three pediatric nurses from different sub-fields, including a foster care support nurse, a pediatric oncologist, and a pediatric nurse involved in private practice. The foster care nurse is assigned to a family who is adopting a child, and stays in close contact with the family for the first few months to help them get accustomed to the new child and is called upon when they are in need of medical advice or assistance. Also, Hanks interviewed a pediatric oncologist, which is a nurse who specializes in the study of different cancers among children and their care. The final interview was with a nurse who works in a small private practice facility with children who do not have life

threatening illnesses and only need temporary care. Most of the children she works with remain in the nurses' care for less than a week, however there are some chronic cases that are frequently in and out. The article was also interesting as it offered me new insight into how the nurses feel regarding their chosen…...

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