Hello all! I have many questions. I am graduating in less than 6 weeks, and I have just found out I am doing my practicum in pediatrics! I am excited and scared all at once. I love children, and have wanted to do pediatrics from day one. We were able to put our "first picks" down for practicum locations, and pediatrics was my first pick up until about two months ago. However, since then, after having some time to think about it, I have wondered if it was the best choice to make. I am wondering how you all feel about working in pediatrics. Do you regret limiting your skills to such a focused area of practice? Or do you feel that you are able to use everything you were taught in nursing school without any difficulty? And how do you feel about having to start IV's/draw blood in children? (Does it ever get easy?) And also, do you think a new grad should start on peds?
I am hoping to do well enough to get a job interview through my practicum location. And now I guess I'm wondering if pediatrics is a good place to start, or a good place to work towards after getting more experience elsewhere. I do want to work with children in the long run. I want to be the person there to help them. But I am afraid of being inexperienced/incompetent, and hurting them instead. So should I try for this now, or should I work towards it down the road? Thanks in advance!
Nov 8, '10
by NotReady4PrimeTime, RN Senior Moderator
You're definitely not limiting your skills working in peds. Nearly everything you'd do on an adult unit will eventually come up on a peds floor. Kids can have cardiomyopathy and rhythm disturbances, strokes, DKA, cancer, cognitive disorders, lung diseases, you name it and it might show up there on your next shift. Presentation will often be different and treatment may be tailored to peds but you're not going to lose skills. In fact, you'll gain some. Knowing how to convince a 3 year old to take their meds will come in handy when trying to get an 80 year old dementia patient to do the same. If you can get an accurate manual BP on a toddler you can do it with anyone. If peds is where your :heartbeat is, go to peds now. Don't wait!
Last edit by NotReady4PrimeTime on Nov 8, '10