By Linda Stevenson, PhD, RN, FNP-C, PediaQ Senior Nurse Practitioner
PediaQ offers just the concierge urgent care service you need. You weigh your options and they are: an urgent care clinic or the ER. You now have to think about what to do with your other children if you have them, bundle a sick vomiting child into your car and think about waiting in the ER or urgent care for possibly hours, along with worrying that they are being exposed to all the other sick people in the waiting room. This is while you are trying to make arrangements for another child to get to a ballgame or dance class or to be picked up from one.
This is where PediaQ comes in. It is a concierge urgent care in your home. A certified nurse practitioner with years of pediatric experience will come to your home, assess your child, prescribe medications if necessary and give you the information you need to be able to take care of your child. You don’t have to leave your home, disrupt routines, and expose your child to other illnesses.
How does it work? It is somewhat similar to Uber in that you download the PediaQ app, put in the information requested then you can request a certified nurse practitioner. The nurse practitioner on call will accept your request and call you for brief information. She will ask you questions about your child and their illness. She will then give you an estimated time of arrival. You can see which NP accepted your request, her qualifications and how she was rated by other families. Now, that’s pure convenience for parents in a busy world.
Fun facts: Linda has taught pediatric nursing and was a tenured professor at Baylor University for more than 20 years.