Peds is NOT easy! - page 3

by Ashley, PICU RN

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I just had to post this in response to the dozens of posts I see from nursing students or new graduates that want to work in peds because "kids are so cute," and "I want to take care of babies," and "I don't want to change adult... Read More


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    that was a lovely very heart felt post osdbmom, although we mention (well i did at least) tiring of the hours of conversation at times or how drained we can feel. i wouldn't change my work and honestly some of my most fun conversations can be with the parents of the children i look after (like i said single nurse unit i'd drive myself batty if i couldn't talk to anyone!). sometimes also the saddest conversations happen with parents particulary around chronic or permenant illnesses, those ones are the ones i think about at night; i can only imagine how hard it is for parents to do everything at home and in life plus have a little one with a disability.

    your thanks to all those paed nurses is very much appreciated

    don't take our small vents too seriously, we love our work otherwise we wouldn't be there ^.~
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    Oh, Goldsj, I was just reading and thinking, about what it is probably like from your point of view.

    It made me remember a rough week a couple years ago. My dad died very unexpectedly, and as we were very close, I was really just very shocked and stunned. My son became ill during the funeral dinner, and that night, I had to run him to ER. He was admitted and we had to stay awhile.
    I know that I kept repeating myself, kept asking the same questions over and over. I was probably really irritating to our nurses.

    I was having trouble thinking straight due to the stress. I was glad we had nice nurses
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    I agree, I am a nursing student but understand what you are saying. I don't want ot get into the PICU or NICU because they are cute and I don't want to change adult diapers....heck, some kiddo's have worse diapers than adults. I want to get into that field because I care. I understand the challanges that PEDS poses and how it will be COMPLETELY overwhelming to me at first due to the fact that you do not have true PEDS exposure; or not nearly what you need, in nursing school.

    I have 3 kids of my own; 1 that started life in the NICU, and another that spent time in the PICU...I have seen and experienced what the life of a PEDS nurse is and the passion that the good ones have for their jobs; as well as the lack of attention to detail that others have. I have seen great nurses and terrible nurses all in the same day...the bad ones are what made me want to get involved in nursing to begin with. My whole family; Mom, Grandmother, Grandfather, Aunts, Great Aunts..., are all nurses.

    I agree, its not all sunshine and kittens with little kids playing domino's or what not; I love kids, yes, but there is more to the desire of being a PEDS nurse. I love kiddo's, I love taching, I love the aspect of family care, and I have a passion to advocate on behalf of those that do not have a voice to share...
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    Quote from nurse2many
    Well said! Most times stdents have no idea what they're talking about ( sorry NS, speaking from experience). I do home visits from time to time for pedi patients, and each time I think about them for days to come. I have learned to love the geriatric population, I love their stories, their difficult personalities, their complains and their " Thank you's". After work I go home and laugh to my self about what they say to me, sometimes I thank Lord for letting me be the one, to take care of them in their final moments.
    Being a nursing student myself, I agree. I don't claim to know anything about anything and just do my best to learn what I can. I accept the fact that there is the "perfect world" of nursing they teach you in school, and then there is the "real world" of nursing...School is to pass the boards, job is to learn the true art of nursing...at least that is what my family full of nurses have said.
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    Hats off to you! What you do is definitely not easy. I don't think I could handle peds, ever.
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    Quote from Gold_SJ
    Hey anyone had children with mouth herpes? Now those little ones are nightmares when it comes to giving oral meds.
    Ugh, HORRIBLE. Popsicles before and after help.
    It's the Kawasaki's kids that tend to be the worst for me. (Ok, PO Clindamycin is the devil's creation, but I can sympathize as it tastes bad.) WHY DO KIDS NOT LOVE BABY ASPIRIN???? I used to love the stuff! YUMMY!! I liked being sick back in the day because I would get to eat the yummy orange baby aspirins!
    But kids these days.... Crush it. Mix it in something. What is up with that???
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    Quote from wooh
    Ugh, HORRIBLE. Popsicles before and after help.
    It's the Kawasaki's kids that tend to be the worst for me. (Ok, PO Clindamycin is the devil's creation, but I can sympathize as it tastes bad.) WHY DO KIDS NOT LOVE BABY ASPIRIN???? I used to love the stuff! YUMMY!! I liked being sick back in the day because I would get to eat the yummy orange baby aspirins!
    But kids these days.... Crush it. Mix it in something. What is up with that???
    XD Have they changed the flavour?

    I find a lot of little ones are babied when it comes to meds though nowdays maybe it's just my area but when I was young. Mum would hold out the med and say 'Take it' all stern and I'd meep and obey. No disagreeing on my end, she didn't sit and explain it all then freak out when I hated the taste. Tough love is dying I think.

    Most of the kids you crush things for end up needing to be half pinned in the end anyway as they spit it out (2-4yr olds). Think the worst case I had was a fifteen year old boy wanting his medications crushed and put in jam (they were really small!). We had a long discussion on what his life would be if he couldn't swallow a tablet (I was nice! Not too evil). He learnt to take tablets that shift ^.^;; after a few goes but he got it eventually.
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    osdbmom, thank you for your very articulate posts. I echo the posters who say that those of us who have been doing peds nursing for along time are in it because it's where we NEED to be... even if we grump about aspects of it sometimes. When I orient new staff to my unit I always make a point on Day One to remind them that people who are under stress are not really hearing what is said to them and will ask the same questions a dozen times, maybe in the same day. Eventually they'll remember the answer. What's important it to give the same information every time. I also remind them to utilize ALL of their resources, and that the best resource they'll ever have is usually sitting in a chair next to the bed. I've been in that chair, before I became a nurse, and I could always pick out the "lifers" from the "Idon'twannachangeadultdiapers". I've had some wonderful role models, both as a mom and as a nurse, people who knew how to make everything as good as it could be. One of the nurses who cared for my son on several of his many thismightbehislast days has become one of my best friends. She was another one of those chair-based resources before her nursing career began. I think those of us who come to this profession from that place have something very valuable to offer. Best wishes.
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    Much respect for those who work with peds! I have children of my own and my heart just breaks. What an emotional roller coaster. I absolutely love children and for them to be illness stricken or a result of a freak accident, i just cannot cope.
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    Quote from wooh
    Ugh, HORRIBLE. Popsicles before and after help.
    It's the Kawasaki's kids that tend to be the worst for me. (Ok, PO Clindamycin is the devil's creation, but I can sympathize as it tastes bad.) WHY DO KIDS NOT LOVE BABY ASPIRIN???? I used to love the stuff! YUMMY!! I liked being sick back in the day because I would get to eat the yummy orange baby aspirins!
    It was Chocks Vitamins for me!

    But kids these days.... Crush it. Mix it in something. What is up with that???
    And what's up with those spoon/syringe combo goodies they sell at CVS and Walgreens? I wanted my mom to chase me around while trying to balance the nasty liquid in a teaspoon from the silverware drawer!

    What's up with selling otoscopes in the aisle next to the thermometers??? Next thing you know they'll be selling home tonsillectomy kits! Every kid has them you know----- oh wait. It's not 1964. I forgot there for a sec.

    I had a 4 year old chronic renal disease patient who insisted on chewing up his pills dry (and there were a lot of them) I'd cringe as I watched the pills crunch, crunch, crunch --- that was his "way". Strange, but what a little trooper.
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