Nurses working in with children in an Emergency Department or Paediatric Emergency Department should be competent in a number of areas:
- The physiological & psychological developmental of children and young people
- The assessment, measuring and monitoring of vital signs58a
- Pain assessment and management
- Medicines management
- Managing the sick and injured child/young person
- Safeguarding children and young people
Minimum competences can be found in documents such “Emergency Care Framework for Children and Young People in Scotland” and “Maximising Nursing Skills in Caring for Children in Emergency departments.”
A number of universities offer accredited post-registration modules in emergency care of children for Registered Nurse with either an adult or paediatric background.
The RCN, “Health care service standards in caring for neonates, children and young people” recommends a minimum of one children’s registered nurse – RN (Child) – to be present at all times.
Further information can be found in the 3rd edition of the RCPCH’s “Standards for Children and Young People in Emergency Care Settings”.
Non-medical practitioners, such as emergency nurse practitioners (ENP), work autonomously to see and treat patients. To do this additional training is required.