Only interested in Peds- possible?

  1. i am hoping to someday be a pediatric np...in the meantime, i am in the process of becoming an rn. one thing is...i am mainly only interested in pediatric nursing. i've always wanted to work with children and really, i feel child body fluids are much easier to handle. is it possible to only work in pediatrics and get into np school, too? just looking for some advice.
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  3. by   navynurse06
    I work with a PNP who has only worked with peds. So yes its possible to work only in peds and become a NP, especially if you want to be a PNP!
    Good Luck!
    PS And yes it is easier to handle some of the body fluids in peds. I used to work with in an adult ICU/PCU so I dealt with a lot of "big" people poop. I'd change a 3 month old's diaper any day compared to a 30 yr old. :chuckle
  4. by   NYpedsgal
    Quote from mslinzyann
    i am hoping to someday be a pediatric np...in the meantime, i am in the process of becoming an rn. one thing is...i am mainly only interested in pediatric nursing. i've always wanted to work with children and really, i feel child body fluids are much easier to handle. is it possible to only work in pediatrics and get into np school, too? just looking for some advice.
    you are not the only nursing student who wants to do peds only. i am in ns and i have no intention whatsoever of working with anyone over 18! i think thats okay though; we know what we want sooner than other nursing students do... i am about to start working in a children's hospital as an er tech and i am so excited to get my feet wet and be in an area i want to be in. i am in adult med/surg in school right now and i don't ever see myself doing that everyday. i'm sure you feel the same. good luck getting to be a pnp, i think thats great.
  5. by   navynurse06
    FYI....even if you work on a peds floor you will take care of people older thatn 18 yrs! Esp. pts with chronic illnesses or devo delayed pts. Our floor admits pts up to 22 yrs of age.
  6. by   traumaRUs
    I was thinking the same thing. Even a 16 or 17 y/o is pretty adult in the body fluid dept.
  7. by   willdgate
    Yeah, the body fluids may be the same the older a child gets, but if you just want to work with babies, you may want to try the NICU
  8. by   AliRae
    I've only ever worked peds ... PICU, in fact. I started there as a new grad a whopping 15 months ago, and I haven't regretted it for a single day. If it's what you want to do, go for it. We're past the days where you have to work your "year of med-surg" before transferring to a specialty. I know for a fact that I would have quit long ago if I were forced to work with adults. I'm just not interested.
  9. by   Dublin37
    I'm hoping to do the same thing. And even if they get up to 22 yrs old, I can deal with that! I'm happy there's a childrens hosp so close to where i live with a lot of jobs. And they do hire new nursing grads, so I can hope! Good luck, there's a lot of us in NS.
  10. by   dansamy
    Don't give up hope. I was pinned 12/12 and interviewed for a position 12/21. The position? Pediatrics day shift. Yes, I got the offer and I accepted the spot.
  11. by   Dublin37
    Quote from dansamy
    Don't give up hope. I was pinned 12/12 and interviewed for a position 12/21. The position? Pediatrics day shift. Yes, I got the offer and I accepted the spot.
    wow, that is GREAT! CONGRATS!!
  12. by   ItsyBitsySpider
    You can do whatever you like. I've only worked with Peds patients and that's probably all I'll ever do. I have no interest in working with the "big kids."
  13. by   mslinzyann
    Thank you for all of your replies. I am still trying to find my path to nursing and I really do feel like I want to specialize in peds. I am going to go for it! I may do peds or neonatal work.

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