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What is it like being a pediatric nurse?
I think it depends on your background how you will feel about pediatrics. I know people who have children, those who don't, people who have medical backgrounds, etc.
There are some who have kids and see their child in every child they care for, and can't cope with it emotionally. There are some who don't have kids and have no idea how to interact with children, especially if they are sick.
And there are the opposites, People without kids who can't cope emotionally with sick kids, and those with kids who have no clue when it comes to a really sick kid.
Some days will be great, and you will have a really resilient kid who can remind you to take it slow, enjoy life, and will put the biggest, goofiest smile on your face.
Some days will be somber, and you will lose a kid due to trauma, emergency, cancer, or other disease process, and you will ask WHY, but there won't be an answer. There's no explanation for a sick child, and certainly not for the death of a child. No logic can ever explain that kind of tragedy. Some days you will be relieved to see them go, because you know the suffering will be over.
Just like any nursing, pediatrics has it's benefits and disadvantages, but it can be so rewarding and yet emotional at the same time.
Have you tried shadowing a pediatric nurse? Perhaps that will give you a better idea of what the job entails.