I have been an infrequent flier on the boards since the start of my nursing career 6 years ago. I have worked at the same Children's hospital the whole time and have exclusively done PICU/peds ED. So other than school and the random wayward adult patient here and there, my ONLY experience with adults is as a SANE, which I also have done part-time for 3 years.
But, here's the thing...I'm starting medical school this fall (so excited!!!!) and I need to switch to PRN status. I could stay where I am, but I have this burning desire to learn about adults. Specifically, I think I would love adult ICU! There's a military hospital nearby, and I love, LOVE the idea of caring for this population, as I think it would be rather "heartening" in what I know will be a really difficult and busy time in my life.
For those who have transitioned between peds and adults, how different is it really? How much harder/easier? I'm a hard worker, but realistically, I would be in the throes of learning how to be a med student while making this transition, and I don't want to end up sucking at both! Also, when I say PRN, I mean VERY prn. I'm planning to work 2-3 times per month during school. Would I even be able to become proficient at adults?
People always say, "oh, peds is sooo much harder... all that math, and all those parents, etc..." Actually that's one of the main things that worries me: I am used to calculating my drips and meds based on weight, and I don't know much about adult maximums at all. What do you guys think? Is this do-able or a terrible idea? Also, how do most places go about orienting you if you are PRN right from the start?