Registered Nurse -
Along with the physician, the RN is responsible for assessing, planning, providing and evaluating the child's care. The RN directs and coordinates other team members to make sure that everything runs smoothly.
Physician – A group of physicians visit the child, which may include an attending physician, residents and medical students. The attending physician is responsible for ensuring your child's care. He or she supervises the care provided by the residents and medical students.
Nurse Practitioner –
This professional is a registered nurse with an advanced degree and additional training. In addition to the regular duties of the RN, the NP may order and complete certain procedures and treatments, as well as supervise day-to-day medical care for some patients. The nurse practitioner works under the supervision of the attending physician.
Case Manager/Clinical Care Coordinator – Manages many aspects of the child's care, from before admission until after discharge. A Clinical Care Coordinator may be assigned to coordinate your child's care during hospitalization. A Case Manager is assigned if the child's care is more complex, and requires return visits to the hospital or outpatient specialty clinics.
Clinical Dietitians – Registered Dietitians and Dietetic Technicians design meals that fit the child's nutritional needs as determined by the diagnosis; religious, ethnic or cultural preferences; food allergies and feeding tube requirements.
Respiratory Therapist – Along with the physician and nurse, the RT conducts patient assessments and contributes to the plan of respiratory care. The RCP provides and evaluates expert respiratory care to an assigned group of patients, using intuitive reasoning, and according to patient specific age and/or developmental needs.
Pharmacist – Review patient drug therapy and dispense medications to ensure safety and efficacy.
Physical Therapist –
PTs provide evaluation and treatment for impairments of physical function, including but not limited to, physical growth and developmental disabilities, muscle and joint injury, neurologic impairment, functional mobility impairment, pain syndromes impairing function, or other health concerns affecting movement, mobility or motor function. PTs specialize in lower extremity casting and splinting and burn and wound care.
Occupational Therapist – OTs provide evaluation and treatment related to the child's life roles including but not limited to play, activities of daily living, school participation, hand and upper extremity use, age appropriate interactions in their environment. OTs specialize in upper extremity splinting and feeding and swallowing disorders.
Speech Language Pathologists –
Provide evaluation and treatment related to the child's speech and language concerns. These may include, but are not limited to voice, phonation, language understanding, language development, and cognitive function concerns. Speech Therapists specialize in managing children with craniofacial abnormalities, tracheostomy and vent dependent children swallowing disorders.
Audiologist – Evaluate hearing in infants and children and make recommendations for corrective devices or procedures. Audiologists specialize in hearing evaluation of infants under sedation, and behavioral evaluation of functional hearing impairment.
Language and Cultural Services Specialists/Interpreters – Facilitate communication and understanding between members of the healthcare team and the patients/families who have limited English proficiency, and prefer to speak with the healthcare team in a language other than English. Oral interpreting services and written translation services are available in most languages.
Social Worker – Provides emotional and psychological support to patients and families. Helps solve problems by linking families to community agencies, resources and support groups.
Chaplain/Spiritual Care Services –
Are available for members of all faiths or religious traditions. Chaplains offer support for patients and families through listening, spiritual counseling and religious rites if desired.
Child Life Specialist – Specifically trained to address the developmental needs of your child. They can provide therapeutic play activities to prepare the child for procedures and surgery, can help with sibling preparation and can provide emotional support.
Genetic Counselor – Work as members of a health care team, providing information and support to families who have members with birth defects or genetic disorders and to families who may be at risk for a variety of inherited conditions. They identify families at risk, investigate the problem present in the family, interpret information about the disorder, analyze inheritance patterns and risks of recurrence and review available options with the family.