So I started in an all adult ER. I'm at a combination ER with minimal pediatric contact. I just got offered a position as a pediatric ER nurse with some cross over to the adult side if I want to. I accepted and am a combination of scared and excited. I was a preschool teacher in the past so I have some experience with kiddos and parents. I am unsure of what other issues I will run into and was hoping for feedback on the contrast between the two. What issues have you run into in the adult environment? What issues in the pediatric? I know all ERs aren't the same. My experiences, though, with management and some staff hasn't been good. I've found a lot of nurse cannibalism in both of the ones I have worked. Is this common in the pediatric focus?
I'm frustrated with where I've been at. There's a lot of working short staffed, increasing assignments, pushing, and passive-aggressive management. Speech between coworkers can be very rude; things I can't even imagine saying to another person. Some of these things are being said in front of patients. I'm hoping that some of this changes in the peds arena; would love any input on that or if I'm gonna be stuck with some of these attitudes regardless of where I go? I understand and recognize that there will always be negative and gruff people wherever I go. Conflict, drama, inevitable... but I've worked other places that it is containable, limited, or short lived. This hasn't been true for either of the ER's I've worked in.
I'm also looking for suggestions on the best ways to deal with pediatric populations; IV start tricks, assessment tricks, etc.
Any thoughts, input, or advice would be appreciated!