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Nursing Students Complete Clinical at Daystar for Medically Fragile Children


Nursing students have been busy finishing their last clinical rotation at Daystar for Medically Fragile Children, a rotation that fulfills a community-based clinical observation as part of their required coursework.

While there, students complete 30 clinical hours under the supervision of Daystar’s nursing team and get the opportunity to observe the organization’s key components including their specialized developmental services, early educational programs, expert pediatric nursing, and family support services. Daystar is the only pediatric day-respite center in New York State caring for children as young as six months all the way to five years.

Daystar Executive Director, Kim Condon, said students work alongside their multi-disciplinary classroom teams of pediatric nurses, special education teachers, and therapy partners during the rotation. In doing so, the students share in the organization’s family-centered, case management approach, which deepens their understanding of the level of coordination and teamwork required to successfully support children with a broad array of complex healthcare and developmental needs.

“As New York State’s only pediatric day-respite center supporting infants and children with complex healthcare needs who are transitioning from the NICU or PICU, there is a growing need for healthcare professionals skilled in the delivery of family-centered care. St. John Fisher College’s community health rotation gives students the wide-lens approach they need to help them prepare to enter their profession with excellent clinical skills and the ability to work within a larger framework of community resources to support the complex healthcare goals of patients,” said Condon.

Senior Allison Yessman, who has had a variety of clinical experiences around Rochester, said that her experience at Daystar was something she looked forward to every week.

Each staff member was eager to help enhance my knowledge of the true mission and vision of Daystar. I was able to assist with technical skills, such as tube feedings, tracheotomy care, and medication administration, in addition to working on the developmental aspects of care, including music therapy, physical therapy, and speech therapy. One of the main concepts I took away from this experience is the importance of collaboration and providing holistic patient and family-centered care, which is something that I will carry with me throughout my career,” she said.

Yessman also said that Daystar was her top choice for my community clinical placement because it’s such a unique program for our community.

“Before Daystar, I always had a significant interest in pediatrics but lacked the experience to know if it was truly a good fit for me. This clinical really reinforced my passion for nursing within the pediatric population,” she said.

Chelsea Oberkrieser, also a senior, said her experience at Daystar was like no other clinical experience that she had.

“It was great to be able to work hands-on with a diverse group of children. The children enrolled at Daystar have a variety of complex medical health conditions, as well as developmental delays. I enjoyed being able to provide both nursing care, as well as assist with the developmental needs of the children,” she said.

And before her clinical, Oberkrieser knew she was interested in working with the pediatric population. But she credits her experience at Daystar for convincing her that pediatrics is her true passion and what she’d like to pursue in her career.

Daystar Organization

Yessman working with some of the children at Daystar.

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