Your child's care at Renown Children's Hospital is founded on a concept called family-centered care, which means care is centered around the children and their family. We believe this is the best way to provide care and to help your child heal faster and get home quicker. Therefore, you are a critical member of your child's own care team.
During your visit to Renown Children's Hospital, your child may meet many different specialists, all focused on your child. All staff members wear an ID badge with their name, department, and photo. Although the members of a care team vary from patient to patient, the descriptions below should help you understand just who some of the experts are that you might meet.
- Attending Physician is the physician responsible for your child's care.
- Consulting Physician is a physician with expertise in a particular area that might offer additional advice on your child's case.
- A Hospitalist is a physician who takes care of your child while they're in the hospital.
Registered Nurses (RNs)
The nurses at Renown Children's Hospital have special training in the care of children and many have additional training in a specific pediatric specialty. They are an important part of your child's care team.
- Nurse Manager is the head nurse that supervises the unit. You may discuss any aspect of nursing care, hospital services or your child's comfort with the nurse manager.
- Primary Nurse is the nurse that is available at your child's bedside and is responsible for planning and coordinating your child's care throughout the hospital stay.
- Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) is a person who assists patients with health care needs under the supervision of a registered nurse.
- Advanced Practice Nurses are registered nurses with additional education and clinical training in a specific area of healthcare. These nurses work in all areas of the hospital to perform physical exams and procedures, order lab tests and teach parents about issues related to the child's care.
Other Members of Our Team
- Nutritionists, including registered dieticians and dietetic technicians, are nutrition experts who evaluate and modify a patient's eating patterns. They work with family and medical staff to recommend dietary changes that will promote recovery and prevent complications.
- Occupational Therapists build on skills learned in physical therapy. Patients apply these skills to accomplish tasks such as dressing, bathing and other age-appropriate activities.
- Physical Therapists help patients move independently by building strength and restoring function to the greatest extent possible.
- Pharmacists are available to ensure safe and effective use of medication in children. Pharmacists work with physicians and other healthcare professionals to determine the best medication regimen and monitoring plan for your child. They are experts who provide advice on medications to physicians and families.
- Respiratory Care Practitioners evaluate and treat patients with breathing problems.
- Speech Therapists evaluate and treat patients with speech and/or hearing problems as well as those with swallowing disorders.
- Child Life Specialists help children and families cope with the stress of hospitalization by providing play and other creative activities.