Individual Career Plan-Pediatric Nurse

Being a pediatric doctor was my career ambitions, but I missed that one
out and opted for a pediatric nurse. My career options developed from my
intense passion of working with children, which emanated from the fact
that I got absolute care from a pediatric nurse when I was as a Kid.
Therefore, I decided that I will care for the children as a way of
appreciation for the kindness of the nurse who cared for me. This brief
overview will lay down my individual career planning process as a
pediatric nurse. The paper will highlight the knowledge gaps and
training needs, which I should undertake to guarantee that my career
runs smoothly in the lifetime with remarkable success.
The field of pediatrics involves working extensively with children and
constantly responding to their health needs, which should be addressed
to ensure that children grow to healthy adults (Broyles 267). A healthy
and productive nation entirely depends on children who will take up the
leadership of the nations of the planet, in the future. In my career as
a pediatric nurse, I have a deep comprehension of the reality that I
will spend a plenty of time handling kids. Therefore, I had to develop
competent levels of patience, love and tolerance, which are vital for a
pediatric nurse. As a pediatric nurse, I am responsible for several
things that pertain to the health of kids. These responsibilities
include I am accountable for the developmental screening of children.
Further, my position as a pediatric nurse allows me to perform the
entire preliminary measures, which mark the development and growth of a
kid (Hockenberry et al 178). These measures include weight and height
among others. Furthermore, my training and experience competence allows
me conduct minor diagnosis thus diagnose most of the common diseases
that children encounter.
The supervisors in the field of pediatric nurses have the
responsibilities of conducting constant and regular appraisals and
evaluations on pediatric nurses to establish any existing gaps in
knowledge, which might call, for further training of nurses to guarantee
effective working of the nurses in their ambitions, as well as the
objective of caring for the kids (Hockenberry et al 178). Further,
supervisors have the responsibility of overseeing the entire practices,
procedures and operations that are conducted by nurses, as well as other
healthcare practitioners in the provision of healthcare services to
children (Henderson and Barbara 225). Supervisors ensure that nurses
attend to their duties without fail and timely attendance to children
Similarly, the organization (hospital) holds the responsibility of
providing the essential infrastructure, as well as the resources, which
are required by medical practitioners and nurses for the caring of
children (Price et al 267). The organization provides the medicines and
other facilities that are vital for the maintenance of healthy children
in a nation. The organization that I work in has objectives of
establishing a future society where children will walk diseases free.
This objective cannot be achieved unless pediatric nurses and doctors
are sufficiently trained to handle a wide range of ailments and diseases
that affect the lives of children (Silbert-Flagg et al 347).
To this end, I realized that besides conducting routine tests on
children and helping the parents cope with their sick kids, my career
could encompass other responsibilities as working in the laboratory, as
well as interpreting the results from the same. Further, I realized that
the success of my career as a pediatric nurse required me to perform
intensive physical assessment of all kids. Further, the capacity to
carryout therapeutic treatment for the kids will eventually become
necessary in my career, without forgetting the need to build effective
communication skills (Hatfield and Violet 328).
Having identified my need for vital skills in the development of my
career in nursing, I communicated the same to the supervisors and the
supervisors agreed that it was necessary for me to take advanced courses
in pediatric nursing. The courses included a masters degree in pediatric
nursing, which will equip with vast knowledge on and skills to handle
the dynamic challenges evident in dealing with sick children (Hatfield
and Violet 328). This course will take a couple of years to wind up, and
it will be reinforced with a diploma in communication skills, which will
ensure success in my career. As I had mentioned in the previous
paragraphs, communication is a central component of pediatric. With the
above skills intact, I will manage to offer advanced services to kids as
therapeutic treatment, which is a crucial ability for all successful
pediatric nurses.
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