A day in the life: paediatric nursing
A Clinical Nurse Specialist at The Oak Centre for Children and Young People talks about her daily routine
Within the multidisciplinary team I refer patients for appropriate support. This includes dietitians, physiotherapy, psychologists and occupational therapists. I plan and organise scans and investigations as required during the patient's treatment protocol and where possible try to coordinate these on the same day to reduce hospital visits.
Three days a week I am in outpatient clinics. I think being in the diagnosis consultation is key for me building a relationship with the family. The connection with the family is by far the best part of my job. The CNS role provides continuity of care and a point of contact in which families feel secure. This is essential to the patient's pathway of care to help them adjust to managing in a stressful unexpected situation.
Caring for patients aged between one and 24 requires an adaptive approach to accommodate their individual needs. As a CNS I take into account the holistic needs of each family; for me it's not just about the patient's physical health but also having enough information to plan treatment around their lives. Schooling and holidays are an important part of family life and we try to accommodate treatment around this when it is clinically safe to do so.