Pediatrics at HSS

Pediatric Nursing at HSS

Nursing at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) has achieved its third Magnet designation, which is the highest honor given by the American Nurses Credentialing Center for excellence in nursing care. HSS was the first hospital in New York City to receive this prestigious award and is the first in New York State to receive three consecutive Magnet designations.

On our pediatric unit, all of the nurses who take care of children receive special training in the care of the hospitalized child. This includes a comprehensive approach to understanding the child’s developmental and physical needs, along with including the family in the plan of care. Inpatient and outpatient nursing staff work closely with the interdisciplinary team, comprised of pediatric orthopaedic surgeons, pediatricians, a pediatric nurse practitioner, physical therapists, social workers, a case manager, and the child life coordinator. Our goal is comprehensive planning across the continuum of care to facilitate optimal patient outcomes while maintaining a friendly environment.

We know that safety is a paramount concern of children’s families. Our pediatric nurses take steps to ensure children’s safety while at HSS. These measures include:

  • Maintaining the physical safety of children by keeping side rails up at all times
  • Double checking all pediatric medications and dosages
  • Using two identifiers, name and date of birth, prior to administration of medications
  • Use of an electronic monitoring system to notify nurses and security if a child leaves the unit for any unscheduled reason

Pediatric nursing at HSS includes a pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP). The PNP is a continued presence and resource for the nurses as well as families. The PNP participates in the care of children and provides patient and family education as needed. In addition, the PNP meets daily with the interdisciplinary team and rounds daily with the pediatricians for ongoing care. The PNP works closely with the pediatric social workers to meet the child’s and family’s needs while at HSS, as well as for discharge planning to ensure continuity of care. The PNP is also involved in ongoing training of the staff to provide pediatric-specific education.

Children at HSS receive the best of care, as our nurses work as a team to enhance the child’s and family’s experience. With the opening of the new Lerner Children’s Pavilion, we will be able to provide tailored collaborative care for all of our pediatric patients and their families. We look forward to continuing our tradition of excellence in pediatric care.

Adapted from the Winter 2011 issue of Pediatric Connection. Learn more about Pediatric Connection, the HSS pediatric musculoskeletal newsletter.

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