But... young patients make me nervous!
Okay, let me explain. I work on a 40 bed med-surge unit in a mid-sized community hospital. On our particular unit, we also care for pediatric patients.
However, we do have a pretty low volume of those patients, maybe 10-12 per month. Therefore, when I DO get a pediatric patient, I get nervous. Taking care of children is SO much different than taking care of adults. Good example:
I'm used to taking care of adults with asthma, COPD, and other breathing problems. I've taken care of adults who have either gone into respiratory arrest, or were WELL ON THEIR WAY to respiratory arrest. However, I've always known how to intervene, and I've always been able to thwart this and get the person breathing better, at least for now.
But, children go down SO MUCH QUICKER than adults. It's like, they can be sitting up in bed smiling and talking to you one minute, and coding fifteen minutes later. Adults just don't do that. So, long story short, I get VERY nervous taking care of peds patients, especially the ones that are in with any type of respiratory issues.
I would be interested in pretty much switching my specialty from adult med- surge, to perhaps pediatric med-surge, or even pediatric orthopedics. I love working with kids and it would mean so much to me, and to my heart, to help sick children. I know that with the rewards of peds nursing, there is heartbreak. I know that it would be hard work; just as hard as adult med-surge, if not harder and stressful. But my heart keeps telling me, that there is a world for me outside of adult med-surge.
So, HOW, in this stage of the game, would I land a job in pediatrics? Would someone want to hire a nurse who has done ALMOST only adult med surge for the two years that she has been a nurse? And would I be able to get the comfort level that I want, taking care of these children?