NSG student needs advice on Peds nursing

  1. Hi-
    I am a nsg student and am currently considering a nurse extern position in pediatrics. Does anyone have any advice as to why this is a good or bad specialty for a nurse. All honest answers welcome.
    Thanks!
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  3. by   Caseyrnbsn
    Hi Amy
    I think Pediatrics is a wonderful field to work in but I may be prejudiced because I work it and teach it. I mainly work OB though. In my opinion working in pediatrics you learn how to handle a vast variety of situations and disorders. Organization and communication skills become mastered because dealing with children and parents is creative and unique.If you can,try to get into a childrens hospital because in a community hospital you get kids but not many and you seem to mainly become a Med-surg nurse who takes care of kids sometimes. I hope this helps KIDS are truly wonderful and a joy they keep you on your toes and inspire you. Parents sometimes will drive you NUTS. But thats OK they are supposed to
    Originally posted by amystudent:
    Hi-
    I am a nsg student and am currently considering a nurse extern position in pediatrics. Does anyone have any advice as to why this is a good or bad specialty for a nurse. All honest answers welcome.
    Thanks!
  4. by   monica f
    I am currently a pediatric. I LOVE working with kids. They are a lot of fun, but they need a lot of love and attention. It is really hard to see a child in pain or in need. That is probably the biggest downfall to the job. You also have to remember that sometimes parents can be a little hard to deal with. This is "their baby" and they want the BEST care possible. I believe that the good points of pediatrics far exceed the bad. Your reward comes you see your patient finally smile and laugh with you.
  5. by   netmedicine
    Originally posted by monica f:
    I am currently a pediatric. I LOVE working with kids. They are a lot of fun, but they need a lot of love and attention. It is really hard to see a child in pain or in need. That is probably the biggest downfall to the job. You also have to remember that sometimes parents can be a little hard to deal with. This is "their baby" and they want the BEST care possible. I believe that the good points of pediatrics far exceed the bad. Your reward comes you see your patient finally smile and laugh with you.
  6. by   AngelsRN
    I want to go back to pediatrics --- remember, part of working with pediatrics is also working with the family - some people have difficulty with this and I find it is very different than working with an adult patients family. But pediatrics is my favorite place to be.
  7. by   AngelsRN
    I want to go back to pediatrics --- remember, part of working with pediatrics is also working with the family - some people have difficulty with this and I find it is very different than working with an adult patients family. But pediatrics is my favorite place to be.

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