A medical career in PEM is one that presents immense variety on a day to day basis – you will be competent in dealing with life threats, alongside minor traumas and illnesses. You will be capable of changing gears from one to the other in an instant, as the resuscitation or trauma buzzer sounds. A career in Paediatric Emergency Medicine is a team sport – you will work alongside Nursing staff, General Paediatricians and allied health staff; all with a goal of providing the very best care for acutely unwell or injured children. This is a career that, along with a breadth and depth of knowledge, demands great compassion and understanding in order to meet the needs of sick children and their families. There has been great progress made in the care of acutely unwell children over the past 10 years, and we can be optimistic that children in the future will receive an even higher standard of care as the specialty of Paediatric Emergency medicine continues to grow.
Paediatric Emergency Nursing is an ever-evolving specialty that requires a unique range of knowledge and skills. One of the biggest challenges is learning to competently and confidently care for the critically ill child and to recognise the difference in caring for this population as opposed to adults. It is especially important to recognise that children have physical, developmental and emotional needs, in order to provide the very best care. The Paediatric Emergency Nurse must also consider the needs of parents and guardians with regards to their emotional support, educational needs and desire to participate in care. The Paediatric Emergency Nurse can be the difference between making the patient journey a scary, negative, difficult experience or a positive, supportive and empowering one. It is an incredibly rewarding and privileged position to be in!