I haven't worked there, but in my experience, peds can be tough AND fun. Kids are still kids, and when you "play" with them, and make them giggle, they LOVE it. Yes, they have been dealt a lousy hand, and yes it sucks, but sometimes the best you can do is make this lousy thing not as bad as it has to be. I've also noticed that when a kid has a chronic illness, many of those close to them treat them different, as if they are 'fragile', and kids notice it, and do not like it! Yes, they may be fragile, but they are kids, and want to play and have fun. One example, I had a kid one time that broke his femur, in traction. Buddied up in a room with another kid, same deal. I used to joke with them that if we put them together, they could take turns, one being up and around and the other stuck in bed, as they broke opposite legs. Then one time I went up and one of them had a monkey w/ the velcro arms and legs, and a "baby" monkey with the same arms and legs, attached to his overbed frame. I started swinging it fast so it would spin around in circles, and every once and a while the baby would 'lose it's grip' and come flying off, onto the kids bed next door. They both giggled like fools everytime, however when the grandparents were there, they did NOT share in the funnies as they FREAKED whenever the stuffed monkey baby hit the traction lines. Never hurt either kid, and they LOVED it! They started calling their room "land of the flying monkeys!" Just remember under that illness they are a kid, and you should be fine. Kids are some of the toughest and easiest patients I know, and if I had a chance to work peds ER I'd do it in a minute!!!