I am a future second-degree nursing student, returning to school after receiving my first degree back in 2001. I have been working on the prerequsites for a couple of years and am finally ready to apply to nursing school.
When I think about becoming a nurse, I can really only envision myself working in pediatrics. Of course I'll keep my mind open when I am in school, but I really have a strong desire to work with kids as of now.
So my question is, how difficult is it to get a peds position upon graduating? Is it reasonable to assume that I could have a long career working in pediatric nursing without EVER having to work with adults????
Last edit by GoodyNurse2b on Oct 22, '07
: Reason: clarifying post.
Oct 22, '07
Yes, it is possible. Several students that I graduated with went on to do peds nursing right away. Go for it!
Oct 23, '07
Many nurses spend their entire careers in peds. We have a peds hospital in this town where nurses have been working dozens and dozens of years and retire.
They always have positions open there for new grads.
Oct 26, '07
I started off in Peds as a PCT (CNA) and now am an RN and I have only worked with Peds. I do not plan as of now to work in anything but Peds. It is quite possible to do so. Depending on the area you live and number of hospitals will be one of the determining factors of how easy it is to start. The place were I work is a free standing pediatric hospital, not associated with another hospital, they always take new grads into the internship program.
Oct 30, '07
Yes of course you can just work in one area. But during your clinicals you will have to have the basic adult med-surg training. Along with psych, labor and delivery, etc. There are so many nurses who know what they do and do not want to do but have to learn the other areas a little bit in school. This is so that the rest of us who DON'T know what we want to do can have a better idea. Good luck!
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