What do we do at The HSC Pediatric Center?
At The HSC Pediatric Center, nursing is a core member of the transdisciplinary team that provides ongoing care for the patients 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Nursing carries out the medical orders and nursing interventions in a safe and therapeutic manner. At HSC, nursing services are provided by both Registered Nurses as well as Pediatric Care Aides.
The Registered Nurse (RN) is a licensed professional caregiver who assumes responsibility and accountability for a group of patients. The nurse is a clinical practitioner who coordinates and implements patient care specific to the age and cognitive functioning of the patient population served. At HSC, the nurse ensures that compassionate and engaged care meets or exceeds quality standards and is provided in an efficient and safe manner. Nursing skills are utilized to determine the biophysical, psychosocial, environmental, cultural, ethnic, spiritual and educational needs of the patient and family in order to develop, implement and revise the child’s nursing plan of care.
The Pediatric Care Aide (PCA) performs care-related activities under the direct supervision of the Registered Nurse. The PCA performs many of the activities of daily living for the children in an age appropriate or developmentally appropriate manner. They are constantly communicating with the assigned nurse so together they provide quality care in a family-centered approach.
Charge nurses are assigned to each unit and take responsibility for the day to day operations of the unit. A House Supervisor is always on duty to manage staffing, take on administrative responsibilities, and respond to any challenge that might arise during their shift.
While the nursing department collaborates with the other clinical disciplines and the medical staff, there is significant expertise within the department. With our patient population, there is clinical proficiency in the management of a variety of feeding tubes, drains, stomas, and ostomies. At HSC, staff have developed an expertise in skin assessment and wound care, some of which is quite challenging. The goals for nursing care provided at HSC is quality, safety, patient-centered, with a focus on healing and maximizing a child’s potential.
All Registered Nurses at The HSC Pediatric Center have graduated from an accredited college or university and are licensed by the District of Columbia Department of Health. Many of the nurses at HSC are certified through the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board or through the American Nurses Certification Center. The certifications include the following: Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Certified Nurse Executive, Certified Pediatric Nurse, Certified Rehabilitation Nurse, Certified Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse, and Certified Lactation Counselor.