.:imbar i feel INCREDIBLY much like i'm back in High school doing this.:imbar , but here's the deal: I need to know how nurses cope with dealing with a chronically ill child, ie. not getting attatched, feeling bad that they should be outside enjoying themself and not in hospital.. that sort of stuff. There's a lot of books and websites for parents of chronically ill kids, but nothing about the psychological side for nurses.. Help?
I work with chronically ill/high tech kids...you learn to celebrate what they have and forget to mourn what they don't. The majority of kids I work with don't experience losses because they never had "it" (mobility, good health, oral feeds, breathing on their own eyc.) in the first place. And you do get very attached but like dealing with adults your skin thickens a little...you still hurt for them but you pick up and go on.
I guess there is a thought process that goes into dealing with these kids...one you either have or have learned or you don't...
I do not like working with terminal adults...so much unfinished business over a lifetime but I LOVE Pediatric hospice...kids don't have baggage to sort out and I have never felt sad about their unfullfilled potential and missed life experiences.
Last edit by kids on Oct 17, '02