Palliative care nurses work with patients, families and medical teams to manage the care of children living with complex, acute or chronic health problems that may result in frequent hospitalizations, difficult treatment choices, distressing symptoms and possibly death.
The palliative care team offers information and additional support by discussing goals of care, a family’s cultural and spiritual values, available treatment options, home care needs, end-of-life planning and bereavement support.
Wound, ostomy and continence services
Pediatric nurse practitioners certified in wound, ostomy and continence (WOC) care work with patients, families and community care providers at the hospital and in outpatient specialty centers. They also serve as preceptors for new nurses, student nurses, new surgery nurse practitioners and physician assistants to teach specialty skills required by the surgery service.
Among the services provided by WOC nurses are:
- Reducing pressure ulcers in the ICU
- Studying the presence of pressure ulcers in the hospital population
- Stocking ostomy products in the Emergency Department
- Creating wound and ostomy formularies for neonatal ICU patients
- Providing seamless wound care with the Physical Therapy Department