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MARTIN COUNTY --
Shanna Beard, a student at Indian River State College, completed the 75 hours of work required by her community/public health nursing class at Martin County Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care, a medical day care center for medically fragile, complex children in Stuart.
"I chose Martin County PPEC after talking to another student in my class," said Ms. Beard. "She mentioned the facility. I looked them up online and decided that it would be a great experience for me to work there. I have never worked with children before, so I thought this would be a great place to get my feet wet."
Since October 2012, Ms. Beard worked one 12-hour shift per week at Martin County PPEC. The unpaid position was very similar to an internship. She worked in a pediatric nursing capacity giving fragile medical children their medications per doctor's orders, performing daily head-to-toe assessments on all the children, taking vital signs and consulting with physicians regarding the status of their clients.
In addition, Ms. Beard helped with enteral feeding, which is delivery of nutrients directly into the stomach through a tube, and with the nutritional feeding of infants and toddlers with special diets as per doctor's orders.
Additional pediatric nursing care included exercising the infants and toddlers as per physical therapist and occupational therapist demonstrations, playing games with the children, reading books and on occasion, changing diapers.
Ms. Beard, a registered nurse and an emergency medical technician, is in the process of earning of her bachelor of science in nursing at Indian River State College. She will complete her last semester in the spring for her nursing degree. After receiving the BSN, Ms. Beard is contemplating attending school for her masters in nursing.
Martin County Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care is a medical day care for special needs children, newborn to 20 years, with complex and fragile medical, developmental and technology dependent needs serving Martin and St. Lucie counties.
The pediatric nurses, physical therapists, speech therapists, and respiratory therapists provide specialized care for exceptional children to ensure each child's optimal health and well being in a fun, caring and educational environment.
Martin County PPEC is located at 310 S.W. Ocean Blvd., Stuart.
For more information, call (772) 288-6466 or visit www.MartinCountyPPEC.com.