Just have some questions about working in this setting. I have been a PACU nurse for a couple years. Did two years at a good size adult PACU in downtown detroit, six months moonlighting as a pain service nurse, as well as about 5 months now at a different PACU with a mixed adult/peds environment. From the adult side I have seen it all...from heart procedures, back procedures, cranis, ex laps, limbs, really unstable ICUs, etc. On the child side its been mostly small scale procedures like circumcisions, tympanoplasty, and one really big AVM surgery on a 13yr old, and the occasional ligament reconstruction.
I recently got an offer to interview in a childrens hospital here in the city I live. If I got a job here it would be a huge cut in drive time (save me 35min driving one way). I actually really like the current place I work and the people I work with, but the drive can be dreadful, especially 5 days a week. I really want to work with kids and this place JUST openned their new facility and is known for cutting edge procedures. Would be an incredible opportunity if I got an offer here.
So I guess my questions are more how do you like the environment? Were you an adult nurse first and moved over to peds? Is there a personality trait that would be more fitting for a PACU nurse in this environment (aside from the "I just want to work with kids")?. Is there a downside that I should anticipate? Do you find the nursing environment comparable to the adult side or different and how?
Thanks in advance for any answers you can give!