I am going to vent a little bit, albeit about something perhaps petty, and maybe other pediatric nurses will understand (or else tell me to get over it; that is understandable as well!!).
There are plenty of nurses who worked in adult care prior to pediatrics on our unit. There are a few who consistently do two paradoxical things.
1. They will talk about how many patients they used to have on an adult unit and how we don't know how good we have it here, etc. etc. (and every time they complain, the number of patients they used to have on a regular basis goes up- one nurse it started out at 8, then a few months later I was hearing 10, now a few days ago it's up to 12!) And I don't feel I have the basis to say anything, since I have always worked in the pediatric field as a nurse (I worked other fields as an aide, before graduation.)
2. At the same time, these few nurses are often the same ones to act as if their group of patients is the most difficult and they are having a worse shift than everyone else, and no one could possibly understand. They complain plenty about things; more than many many other people who work here. Yet if we haven't worked in adult care, we just don't know how lucky we are.(?)
What's going on here? How can we be simultaneously lucky that we work in pediatrics where there are such good ratios, and yet at the same time, these nurses who tell us how lucky we are find so much to complain about? I get that one of the "benefits" to working pediatrics is the (usually) lower nurse-to-patient ratios, which is probably one of the reasons why pay in the pediatric field tends to be lower, and I do know that ratios in med-surg units are unsafe many times. But I guess I'm just sick of hearing over and over about how we don't know how hard things can be, and of having the hard work I feel I've done be devalued. It's like because we haven't worked in adult med-surg, we haven't worked hard enough or know enough about being a good nurse. I do value my job; I know it is a good place to work. I guess it's just irritating and disheartening hearing people dismiss the difficulty of what I do. Maybe they're right; I don't know.
Thanks for listening.