Hey everyone! I am having the hardest time deciding whether I should go onto Peds floor, PICU or somewhere else when I graduate. In some ways I feel that I would never be able to handle the "critical" part of the PICU but I think it would be an extrodinary place to learn....Or should I be on the Peds floor first since things are a little slower paced? I have no idea and ANY feedback would be really appreciated. Maybe if anyone could share their personal stories that might be helpful? Thanks so much
- Nursing student in need of some guidance here....
Nov 5, '04
It sounds like your deciding between reputation and size...Well you will probably have a better opportunity to experience caring for more acutely ill children with an array of dx's in the larger hospital with a great reputation. But reputation definately has it's expectations for nurses too. I have been a peds nurse for 6 years and was having the same dillemma when I graduated... PICU or PEDs I wanted the status of being a PICU nurse and having the knowledge of taking care of critically ill pt's, but as a new grad I didn't feel I had the assessment skills necessary to care for those patients, even with a long orientation. So I decided to work in general peds first. Now I do both and really really think that was the best way to go.
Working as a general peds nurse first allowed my skills to build with experience of caring for children at all levels of thier illness and it made my assessment skills much sharper. I know what a child looks like through the progression of their illness.
Newgrads who start in PICU usually have an excellent orientation and the nurses will most likely hold your hand until you feel o.k. to stand alone. Either way you go you will have a great experience and learn more than you ever imagined.
I think as a new grad you should begin your career with stepping stone. Don't be in such a hurry. Learn everything aspect of Pediatric Nursing possible. You might find that neither one of those departments is not quite what your comfort zone is and decide that your better suited in another area such as NICU (which is an extremely controlled environment and very structured, more so than any other dept) or maybe even L & D.
Always keep your options open and be flexible to learn something new.
Children are amazing and caring for them, no matter how sick, will change your outlook on life. Where ever you start in your career will not be your ending place, it is just the starting point with an endless journey, so follow your gut feeling and go for it.
Last edit by Tri4kids on Nov 5, '04