As part of the Pediatric Aquatics team, the Pediatric Palliative Aquatic Therapist will receive on the job aquatic training during orientation to become proficient with individualized aquatic sessions for the patients of George Mark Children’s House (GMCH). Reporting to the Director of Nursing (DON), the Aquatic Therapist assists ongoing development, implementation and evaluation of the Pediatric Palliative Aquatics program.
-Provide pediatric palliative aquatic sessions to medically fragile children, children with life limiting diseases, end of life patients, and families. These sessions are given under the authorization of the GMCH Interdisciplinary Team, including mandatory written consent from the patient’s physician and primary caregiver, and are conducted consistent with the professional standards of pediatric aquatics.
-In collaboration with staff nurses, utilize principles of the nursing process to determine the appropriateness of patients for the requested aquatic session.
-In consultation with the DON, determine how many professional staff are necessary to maintain a safe, therapeutic environment for each patient.
-Perform nursing tasks/functions as needed during a session, such as: proper positioning, movements that enhance mobility and respiratory efficiency; conduct ongoing assessment of patient response to session, and provide respiratory suctioning and post-seizure care as needed.
-Document each aquatic session and communicate session outcome with nursing staff.
-Attend meetings as appropriate, such as interdisciplinary team meetings and family conferences.
-Plan, coordinate, and communicates session plans with nursing staff.
Assessment of patient and family needs; provide education as necessary.
Teach, supervise and counsel patient and family regarding aquatics sessions.
-Provides physical, emotional and spiritual care and support during aquatic sessions.
-Maintain a safe and clean physical environment.
-Assist with training new aquatic practitioners and GMCH registered nurses who have an interest in learning to provide GMCH aquatic sessions
Assist in training volunteers interested in assisting with aquatic sessions and in providing a volunteer aquatic training program three times a year.
-Supervise staff and volunteers during all aquatic sessions.
-Attend special House events as a palliative aquatics representative when deemed appropriate.
RN Qualities For This Position:
-Passion for holistic nursing and desire to attend to body, mind, and spirit of patients and families.
-Comfort working with children with life-limiting illnesses and end-of-life care.
-Love for and comfort in the water. – Heart centered, intuitive, playful spirit, calm demeanor.
-Strength for patient transfers and agility in the water.
-A minimum of 1 year RN experience.
-Pediatric and/or end-of life care experience preferred.