Hello! I just joined the community. I've been a PACU nurse for 8 years and yes it can be very demanding and anxiety producing. As far as Peds patients go... same as adults... Airway, Breathing, Circulation, pain management... Kids will usually awaken with emergence delirium. Fentanyl works great. The dose ranges from 0.5mcg's to 1.5 mcg's /kg. The Circulator or Anesthesia provider should be giving you the weight during report. If not, make that your habit. With pedi pt's you ALWAYS want a weight. Anesthesia should be leaving you that order. I always go for 1mcg/kg. it's the fastest easiest to remember. And with a child that's screaming his head off, you want fast and easy.
Try and get the Parents in ASAP. It's OK for the parents to hold their child in their lap (depending on the size of the child). It's a great bonding time.
There are lots of other habits we can talk about. Remember above all else to trust your nursing instincts. They are your compass.
Pals, TNCC, ENPC are all great courses.
As far as Anesthesia books and info. Try ASPAN. If your not a member you might think about becoming one. They have great resources. Every state has a Chapter. Their web site is www.aspan.org
or you can google it. They also offer info on certification as well. If your interested.
I learned anesthesia one on one with a provider. It was wonderful. How to intubate, extubate, complications, meds, the works. Anesthesia LOVE to talk about their profession. Tap into them.
It's long, but I hope it helps.