I have a question for my fellow pediatric nurses. Do you feel that being a pediatric nurse has changed your perspective on other people's complaints and altered your ability to sympathize with them? I'm not talking about serious things (I can still sympathize with someone whose mother or grandmother has cancer but I probably do get less excited about it than your average person) but the more typical issues.
For example, my background is pediatric oncology and pediatric neurology/neurosurgery. I currently work in home care, primarily with pediatric oncology patients, and per diem at a school. Today, at school, I had a teenager come in and tell me she was "dying" because she had period cramps. I can't even feign being concerned when someone tells me that and when people say this to me, I find myself thinking "many of my other patients ARE dying and they complain less than you." I gave her Midol and sent her back to class.