How hospital staff can be a parent's ally

Kathryn Elison, MSW Clinical Social Worker, shares advice for parents with a hospitalized child on how the hospital staff can be a parent's best ally
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How hospital staff can be a parent's ally

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Nurses can become a parent´s best ally because they are the frontline in your child´s clinical care. They provide 24 hour, around the clock care to your child during their hospitalization. Nurses are wonderful sources of information and teaching. So for example, parents can get really nervous about participating in their child´s medical care while their child is in the hospital. It is totally new. They do not know how to give different medications or clean certain areas, so what you can do is talk to your child´s nurses. And they can help you learn how to provide the medical care. Oftentimes, parents are very scared about providing medical care to their child while they are in the hospital. Nurses are a wonderful source of information about this. Go to your nurses and ask them how to provide the care, how to give the medicine or how to do the best side care that nurses do. By learning how to do this, you become an active participant in your child´s healing process and you also comfort them by being involved. And it takes away some of the stress and anxiety around the medical care that your child receives if you understand the proces

Kathryn Elison, MSW Clinical Social Worker, shares advice for parents with a hospitalized child on how the hospital staff can be a parent's best ally

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Kathryn Elison, MSW

Clinical Social Worker, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Kathryn Elison is a Clinical Social Worker at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She was drawn to her profession because of her passion to provide support to families experiencing a medical crisis. Kathryn accompanies her patients and their families during one of the most stressful journeys of their lives, helping them navigate through this challenge and supporting them each step of the way. A native of North Carolina, Kathryn moved to Los Angeles, CA after receiving a Master of Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In her free time, Kathryn enjoys exploring her new home state of California with her husband Jed and her dog Sallie.

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