Peds is NOT easy! - page 5

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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    Well said!!! I have been a peds nurse for 6 years. You hit everything. Also nursing students that don't want to deal with adults and want to go into peds....even in a pedi hospital you will end up having an adult as a patient at some point...i had patients in their 30s, 40s, ,mid 50's! And some parents can be very overbearing and yell and curse at you. I've had a father spit in my face and a mom try to fight me. Its crazy sometimes but i love caring for children and their families i keep coming back for more LOL.
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    Quote from PedsNP2013
    Well said!!! I have been a peds nurse for 6 years. You hit everything. Also nursing students that don't want to deal with adults and want to go into peds....even in a pedi hospital you will end up having an adult as a patient at some point...i had patients in their 30s, 40s, ,mid 50's! And some parents can be very overbearing and yell and curse at you. I've had a father spit in my face and a mom try to fight me. Its crazy sometimes but i love caring for children and their families i keep coming back for more LOL.
    Well said!
    After almost 3 years in nicu/peds I had my first parent yell at me the other day, have never had that experience before but I think I handled it well at least. Then her 12 year old proceeded to throw his incentive spirometer at me! She didn't even say anything to him! Goodness, it was a go home and drink wine kind of night
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    Quote from umcRN
    Well said!
    After almost 3 years in nicu/peds I had my first parent yell at me the other day, have never had that experience before but I think I handled it well at least. Then her 12 year old proceeded to throw his incentive spirometer at me! She didn't even say anything to him! Goodness, it was a go home and drink wine kind of night

    hahaha...i have had many wine nights after a long shift. I cant believe he threw that at you. Kids will always crack me up.
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    phillycpnp-pc,

    How in the world did you deal with the father who spit at you and the mother who wanted to fight you?!

    ps- I know this is an old post and I'm sorry for bumping it but that's too good of a possible story there!
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    Quote from osdbmom
    Interesting thread.
    Im not on your side of the fence yet, but let me say from the other side of the fence, that having a sick kid is really scary. Having a sick kid who isnt going to get better (ever) is horrifying.
    Knowing that a nurse can kill your kid with "one little decimal point" but having to trust them anyway, is hard.
    Having to ask for help from nurses you don't know when you want, as mom, to be able to fix it and make it all better, but knowing you can't....its tough to swallow.
    Being alone in a hospital (esp if its far from home) room with a small, sick child who does nothing but cry, and having no other adult to talk to but the nurse who comes in to check sometimes (bc you'd feel guilty if you rang her just bc you were so incredibly lonely, and you miss your spouse, and you havent seen your other children for days on end, and you don't want to ask for charity/food voucher but you havent got any money on you bc when you came in to ER the other night, you didnt expect to have to stay so long, and you havent gotten to go home).......its HARD. Really, really, really hard.

    So for those peds nurses who take care of that kid (and the kids family), thank you. Thank you for knowing that YOU know what meds the kid is allergic to, but listening to a nervous mom repeat, "Did you know he's allergic to PCN? And sulfas?"......thanks for not getting irritated.
    Thanks for noticing when mom/dad hasn't gone home, changed their clothes or eaten in two (or more) days.....and thanks for asking if they need something to eat, or showing them where the apple juice is.
    Thanks for knowing that parent is scared to leave the room, bc they know if they do, something bad might happen....thanks for patting the shoulder, and promising to watch the baby until mom comes back.
    Thanks.
    Thanks for being respectful and listening when that mom/dad needs to talk, or cry, at 2 a.m. when they are looking at their child all hooked up to wires, and monitors they don't understand.
    Thanks for listening to the experience that brought them to this point.

    I'm sure it can be irritating. I know it is hard. I know sometimes you probably have to bite your tongue, and that you are tired, and that sometimes, you might even joke about it with other nurses after work.


    But the fact that you do it, and you are kind, and you listen when that parent is worried, and double check everything anyway, even though you know you are already right....you do it anyway, bc you care. I know there is vomit, and diarrhea, and screaming toddlers, and spit out meds; I know you are tired, beyond tired, sometimes; I know you have your own families to think about and you wish you were home with them.

    You may not know it; you may not hear it often, but you mean the world to the parents of those kids you are caring for. You make a difference to that mom or dad; you are the difference between a night spent alone and scared, and a night knowing your child is being cared for by someone who is kind and empathetic. Thank you.
    Extremely powerful and well said! You go Mom!
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    I hate Peds but here I am now..LOL. If only people knew how hard to insert cannula to 1 month to 9 months? I mean inserting to newborns is much easier because their veins are visible.


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