What is a paediatric nurse and their role and responsibilities?

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What is a paediatric nurse?

A paediatric nurse, also known as a children’s nurse, is a qualified registered nurse that specialises in delivering care and support to younger clients and, in some circumstances, babies. Paediatric nurses will work collaboratively with their colleagues and involve the child’s family in the care decisions made to provide the best outcome for their child.


Paediatric nurse role and responsibilities

Working as a paediatric nurse, your role and responsibilities will vary depending on the age, health condition and requirements of the children you care for. For example, at Pulse Nursing at Home, our community paediatric nurses’ roles and responsibilities consist of the following:

  • Regularly communicating with colleagues, the client, their family and clinical lead 
  • Managing infection prevention and control
  • Supporting tissue viability
  • Overseeing the client’s general health and wellbeing
  • Regularly monitoring the client’s airways (tracheostomy management may be required)
  • Regularly monitoring the client’s breathing (invasive or non-invasive ventilation management may be required)
  • Administering medication
  • Completing health and safety checks in the client’s home
  • Physiotherapy
  • Following a prescribed client plan
  • Delivering personal care when required
  • Moving and handling
  • Completing and updating client records

Learn more about the role and responsibilities of a community nurse here.


What to expect working as a paediatric nurse

Working as a paediatric nurse is an extremely rewarding and empowering career where you will build meaningful professional relationships and witness young children stabilise under your care.

As a paediatric nurse, you not only have to deal with the client or clients but also their families as well, which brings about challenges with opportunities for personal and professional growth.


Professional development opportunities for paediatric nurses

There are many professional development opportunities for paediatric nurses, such as advancing to a clinical lead and managing a team of healthcare professionals, progressing to a specialist nurse role or upskilling so you can deliver care to more clients in the community.

We have numerous career progression and development opportunities available at Pulse Nursing at Home for paediatric nurses looking to advance in their nursing careers.

Clinical lead nurse managerial roles

If you’re looking to take the next step in your nursing career and oversee multiple clients' care and manage our community nurses and support workers, a career as a clinical lead is the perfect role for you.

As a clinical lead, you will be responsible for ensuring our healthcare professionals deliver the highest level of bespoke care and support to our clients and their families at all times.

Continual professional development (CPD) courses

Continual professional development is an important part of any nurse’s career. At Pulse Nursing at Home, we support our nurses in maintaining their registration and revalidating every three years by providing a range of continual professional development (CPD) courses via our online information hub, which is accessible 24/7.

Nurse upskilling opportunities

To enable our nurses to deliver care to more clients in the community, we have numerous upskilling opportunities available.

We have a dedicated Training Team of highly skilled trainers delivering the upskilling sessions through a mixture of practical and theory, ensuring our healthcare professionals remain competent, learn new skills or refresh current skills.


Community adult and paediatric nurse roles with Pulse Nursing at Home

We’re always looking to grow our team of adult and paediatric nurses to deliver care to more clients in the community. If you’re interested in joining our team, complete the form below or get in touch with our dedicated Resourcing Recruitment Team via phone at 0333 323 3746 or email: joinus@pulsenursingathome.co.uk

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