Guest blogger: Amy Christie, Speediatrics Nurse Manager
By Amy Christie
As a pediatric nurse, it is extremely important to me to create an environment that removes as much of the anxiety from our patients and families as possible.
This is one of the reasons why I enjoy working in The NASCAR Foundation’s Speediatrics Unit at Halifax Health, as our young patients love our NASCAR racing theme! By having a themed Unit, complete with friendly NASCAR-themed Speediatrics characters scattered throughout, patients have the opportunity to receive care in an environment that is not so scary. The Unit has games, play rooms and activities, as well as specially trained staff who are attentive to them throughout their stay.
Celebrities and all visitors are a favorite among patients in the Speediatrics Unit. Volunteers taking time out of their busy schedules to come and hang out with the little patients leads to many smiles, as they sign autographs, take pictures and share a story or two with patients and their families.
Another fun aspect of the Speediatrics Unit is when children are admitted they receive a Speedy Bear. Speedy is utilized not only for much needed cuddles, but by the staff as a tool to explain bandages or IVs as well as procedures that the child may experience. It’s great to see how much comfort these bears provide our young patients.
Having worked in the Speediatrics Unit for over 10 years, I have made so many special memories. Our team has been privileged to care for our community’s children during times that are often the scariest for them. Seeing patients leave our hospital healthy and happy is the best reward any of us could ask for!
The NASCAR Foundation provides medical treatments for 50,000 children each year at our two permanent Speediatrics facilities at Halifax Health Medical Center and Homestead Hospital. We continue to extend our reach beyond the hospital walls by supporting other causes related to helping children live happier, healthier lives.