Quote from ihave206bones
I just recently got a job in a Burn ICU. When I tell people I got a new job, they ask what hospital, and then which unit. When I tell them Burn ICU, I get that 'look'. The one that just screams "omg, you're crazy!" or "better you than me." I get this from my current RN coworkers as well.
I can only guess that for many nurses, Burn ICU is not something for them. I'm actually looking forward to this experience. I know it will be tough, but I want to be the best nurse I can be.
Honestly...take it as a compliment.
Normally the medical shows (the real ones) on Discovery Health don't feature serious injuries to children, but they brought into the ER this entire family that had been the victim of a fire in a mobile home.
The father had the most serious burns b/c he kept going in to get the 3 kids out, who were infants and toddlers...stairsteps.
The 15 month old, wasn't blackened (thank god), and didn't appear to be immediately blistered, but you could see where the skin rolled and the baby was swelled like a pumpkin.
I broke down, into almost uncontrollable tears when I they couldn't start an IV on the baby after sticking him numerous times, they finally explained how they had to push it deep into his lower leg, and it appeared it was into the bone...and the child screamed like I had never heard a chlid scream before.
I was watching with my husband, and I kept repeating over and over again, "Thank God we have people that can work with trauma such as that."
Like me, even as a 1st semester student, I often think about other realms of nursing, such as Pediatric Oncology, and to me, like burn nurses, those nurses couldn't POSSIBLY be paid enough in my eyes, and I'm not a strong enough person to do that on my best day.
I would kiss the ground those nurses walk on...that is how much respect I have for them.