Location: Des Moines, IA
Shift: Nights 7pm-7:30am, 36 hours, 13 week contract, every other weekend required.
PICU nurses care for children under the age of 18 in intensive care units. They also provide information, education, and support for family members. Many but not all hospitals have separate neonatal intensive care units for newborn infants, so some PICU nurses also care for newborns.
- Monitoring vitals and specialized readings. Monitoring vitals constantly, with the help of the doctors' teams, is essential to prevent complications by reading abnormalities in the patient's vital signs. It is also thanks to this monitoring that immediate action can be taken in case of a complication.
- Administering medication. PICU nurses must administer prescribed medication, insert or remove catheters, and administer emergency treatments to save patients' lives.
- Record everything that happens in the PICU. It is essential to have up-to-date records of all care, medications, updated treatment plan, etc., for each patient, and since this is intensive care, there are regular changes, and the records are always up to date and on hand.
- Become part of the multidisciplinary care team with doctors and other specialists, and together they can make a treatment plan for pediatric patients. This requires listening and consultation skills to make the best decisions.
- Actively communicate with the patient's family and loved ones. Communicating assertively with family members to reassure them and provide information about what is happening with the patients is essential.
- Bachelor's Degree in Nursing.
- 2 years of experience in the PICU.
- Valid State RN License