Standards of care for children offer emergency nurses more clarity
RCN and Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health care standards provide useful suggestions for urgent care and minor injury staff
Caring for children in emergency departments (EDs) has always been challenging, but expectations have been clarified somewhat by last year’s Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) (2018a) and RCN (2017) standards on the monitoring of children’s vital signs.
The RCPCH (2018a) document recognises there are too few paediatric clinicians. Although the Royal College of Emergency Medicine is working to address this issue in the medical workforce, it has been recognised that half of EDs do not meet the requirement that an emergency medicine consultant with specialist emergency paediatric competencies should be present.
Many EDs will also struggle with the requirement that two children’s nurses should be on duty each shift. There is a shortage of registered children’s nurses...
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