This past semester, I was able to complete my pediatric rotation at Helen Devos Children’s Hospital, a member of Spectrum Health. I worked on the 6th floor, a general medical floor. I was looking forward to this rotation the most as I have always wanted to be a pediatric nurse.
This rotation will help me learn the skills needed of a pediatric nurse. I was able to pass medication, interact with both the patient and the parents, bottle feed infants, and assist with medical procedures. This rotation gave me the tools I needed to effectively interact with kids in the hospital and how to communicate with their patients. I was also able to interact with a variety of managers throughout the hosptial. On two days I was given the opportunity to spend the day in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and a Pediatric Specialty Office.
I will take what I learn from this rotation and apply it to my studies. I was able to make connections with other pediatric nurses and managers so that I can contact them with any further questions I might have. After graduation, I hope to pursue a career as a Pediatric Intensive Care nurse. Many of the skills I learned during this rotation will help me become the nurse I want to become.