Peak Performer: Tyson Heaton
child life specialist, Child Life
Tyson was a Peak Performer recipient for the fourth quarter of 2022 (July-September). Below is his nomination letter.
When called to 5NT to start a peripheral intravenous line (PIV) for one last iron infusion before a patient could go home, we found that the child was feeling very anxious, as was their mom. The child was also a very hard stick and had a history of having difficulty with IV’s. As we were growing up, Tyson asked if he could go in first, and we of course were fine with that. He had his bubble toy in tow, and was able to charm the sweet patient immediately. We walked in, and the patient and mom were all smiles. While we were working on getting the IV, Tyson was comforting the child, singing songs that he sings to his own daughter, and stroking the patients head for comfort.
We were able to do everything we needed to do to set up, start the IV, and leave the room without a tear to be seen. This was a completely different child than the one we had started an IV on previously. When we walked out, the staff on the floor were all in shock that we were able to get the IV so quickly, without tears and screaming, and that the patient was laughing and waving while we were leaving. Tyson is truly an asset to the child life team, and I am always happy to hear him on the other end of the vocera call. Tyson is infectious and his dad jokes are so bad they are funny. He does an excellent job with distraction, and still being honest and upfront with what will be happening during procedures. Tyson is loved by patients, families, and employees.