As a parent, your child is your highest priority. You dedicate all of your time, energy, and entire heart into ensuring they are given the best childhood possible. But when your child’s health needs call for some extra love and attention, it can be difficult for parents to accomplish and address these requirements alone. Fortunately, parents of children with special needs can receive extra assistance by working with a Pediatric Private Duty Nurse to help ease the burden and provide trusted care when it is needed most.
What is a Private Duty Nurse?
Pediatric Private Duty Nurses (PDN) are medical specialists who are carefully trained and experienced in caring for children whose health needs require continuous and personalized attention. These Home Care Pediatric Nurses provide care for medically complex patients on flexible schedules, from a preplanned per-visit basis to constant companionship 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.
For children, these nursing specialists can provide the highest quality of nurturing, loving care in order to help them achieve their best life possible and exceed their full potential. For parents, a PDN can help to reduce the frequency and length of hospital visits while also easing the burden of solo care, providing much needed support and freedom.
Does My Family Qualify for PDN Services?
While there are multiple conditions that warrant a child benefiting from working with a PDN, Pediatric Private Duty Nurses can best offer support to little ones with any of the following conditions:
- Tracheotomy or ventilator dependency
- Frequent seizures
- Intravenous nutrition or feeding through G-tubes or NG-tubes
- Traumatic brain injuries or neurological disorders
- Respiratory issues
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Chromosomal abnormalities
- Transplant patients
- Gastrostomies or gastrointestinal disorders
How to Choose a Qualified Private Duty Nurse?
If you are in the market to explore hiring a Private Duty Pediatric Nurse, make sure you are keeping an eye out for quality indicators to ensure your child is receiving the best care possible. A qualified Pediatric Private Duty Nurse should be properly licensed (Registered Nurse and/or Licensed Vocational Nurse), boast extensive clinical and continuation education experience, and hold multiple certifications (such as CPR, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and Certified Case Management).
At KidsCare, we focus heavily on the concept of coordinated care within our PDN services. Our Private Duty Pediatric Nurses work alongside with all therapy and nursing disciplines, ensuring your child has a team of dedicated medical professionals on their side. Together, we work to develop the best care plan possible to fit your child’s unique short-term and long-term needs.
Does your child have special need requirements that you believe could be alleviated with the help of a Pediatric Private Duty Nurse? Contact us to start the conversation over how KidsCare can help benefit your child.