Quote from llg
1. Having to discharge a great kid to home -- and to a lousy, abusive family.
2. Having other nurses think your job is easier because the patients are smaller and often "cute" 3. Having people in general think your specialty is easier and that peds nurses aren't as intelligent, etc. because "it's just like being a Mom."
You'd be surprised how many people think that what the average mother does is the same thing as being a peds nurse
Well said, as well as the other posters.
Being that most of my nursing career has been in pediatrics, it can be the most stressful experience in nursing, because it is NOT easier, children are NOT "little adults", they decline faster than adults, so you have to be quick on your feet, and be knowledgable to what is going on, even for the "expert parents".
Once one is aware and can be prepared of the challenges, the challenges can bring the positives.
You can think HOLY.... when it's hitting the fan and you don't know if this child is going to make it through, or the family is just more dramatic than your favorite soap opera, or when you see a child experience PTSD after a medical trauma; you may want to run out of there...or you stay and nurse.