I am a student working as a nurses aid at a pediatric hospital. I am in LOVE with my job. My patients and my coworkers are phenomenal! Whenever I discuss my job with non-medical friends and family, EVERYONES response is just "Isn't it so hard/sad to work with sick kids?"
I was wondering if anyone could help me come up with a response for these questions. Kids are so resilient and, yes, some aspects of my job are sad, but more often than not, our floor is a very happy place and I don't know how to portray that to people.
Thank you so much for your help!
Quote from Esme12
I have always said that children are very resilient and most of them get well! When it's sad it's very sad and that's when I pray for peace. I work with the little one's because a bandaid actually makes them feel better, a Kiss can heal their boo boo's and make everything better, you can rock them to sleep and give them hugs. They tell the truth no matter what and a sticker is magical.............Besides their poop is smaller....LOL
It gets chuckles but they seem to understand....Good Luck!
I worked with kids on and off in many jobs (before pedi floors or childrens' hospitals were all over)- they'd be assigned to the body system floor they needed to be on...then worked a pedi floor (and floated to NICU a few times- blechhh)
.... The kids were good to work with- the poor families- not so much (sometimes they were wonderful- but all
were understandably upset and stressed).
Working nights helped- the kids still needed care, and some families went home if they felt Jr/Jr-etta was stable enough. I did like getting to know the frequent flier families/kids. We didn't do onc/hem where I was, and I don't think I could do that. We did get several post-transplant kids, and some who REALLY needed transplants (glow in the dark jaundice
- it was so sad). My co-workers were the worst part (there were some really nice ones, but a few duds - IMHO- killed it). Like some kooky sorority house- time to grow up- lol
It's good there are enough of us to go around to all specialties !!
Last edit by xtxrn on Jul 28, '11
: Reason: clarify