Hi everybody! First post here, but I need some advice from my fellow nurses! I'll try to condense a long story into a short one.
I am an RN with 1 year experience. All throughout school, I wanted to do pediatrics. I worked in an office that saw lots of kids, I love working with them, they seem to really enjoy my personality, I am just the happiest person in the world working with children and their parents. I've worked with autistic kids for 3 years before being a nurse, so I know its really my calling.
To the point, I worked very very hard to get a peds job out of school, but it was just impossible (economy, everybody said..) so I took a job at a cardiac hospital in the ER. We see almost zero children. No peds unit, no labor and delivery, anytime a child comes in the ER nobody wants to take care of them because we're so inexperienced. So, therefore, I am now terrified of kids because I feel like there is nobody there to teach me anything about them.
I am starting an RN-BSN program in August, and really want to start a NP program immediately after. I'm really torn because I want to focus on peds in a NP program, but I have no experience!! I may hate it and be terrible at it!
Should I get a PRN job to see how I like it? Just go for it and get a full time peds job and see where it goes? Help, help, HELP, because I have went back and forth and have no idea what to do.
Thanks in advance!