Pediatric Sedation at Ascension Via Christi St. Francis, which recently moved to the first-floor Radiology Department, has moved across the hall to Suite 5.
They had moved temporarily into that space from the third-floor Pediatric Intensive Care Unit while their current space was being prepared for them.
"The hospital needed ICU beds and we had already been moving around within PICU to accommodate patient care needs, so this is a better solution," says Stephanie Sampson, RN. "We still want to be located with our Pediatric family, but for now this is where we need to be."
Their new location provides the space they need to perform sedation procedures done to help children tolerate other scheduled procedures that they may find uncomfortable. Another plus, adds Sampson: "They're very accommodating here in Radiology."
Jennifer Rogers, who serves as nurse manager for Pediatrics as well as for two COVID-19 units, says their positive attitude with each move made to make room for patients battling COVID-19 is typical for Sampson and her teammate and fellow RN, Katie Best.
"They're always willing to do whatever it takes to make sure our patients get the care they need in a timely and convenient manner, even if that means putting in extra hours or putting up with changes," says Rogers.
Carla Yost, system chief nursing officer, says that while much of the community focus has been on associates serving in St. Francis' four medical-surgical and two intensive care dedicated COVID-19 units, nursing and other associates at all locations have been affected in some way and been called upon to be flexible and adaptable.
"Our communities' needs have been great, requiring a lot out of everyone who serves our Mission," says Yost. "Times like these can be very stressful, but are made so much less so when you are blessed with so many people all focused on the same goal of caring for patients, families and each other."