I apologize that you've not received responses. I think it is a tough question to answer, like why are you tall? Why am I a Peds nurse? I just am......... Why did I not leave Peds? I can't imagine doing anything else.
I like being around kids. I grew up in a huge family. I love babies, todders, preschoolers, school age kids and adolescents! I hated all of my adult rotations in school and could not wait to graduate and nurse only kids.
I have never considered any other patient group. Once in I was in Peds, and chose to specialize in it, honestly, I'd be a novice with adults. Peds is so specific of a specialty, and has such specific subspecialties, so little of the meds and the skills would carry over to adults. You become an expert in it and it is your comfort zone.
I have always liked that kids have not had a chance (for the most part) to ruin their health. Their illnesses are usually not the result of them taking drugs or alcohol, smoking. They do not choose the food that goes on their table.
I like working with other nurses and health professionals who love kids. I think they are all fabulous.
I think that working in Peds forces practitioners to practice family nusing, where you must treat the whole family as the patient, not just the child with the diagnosis. Theoretically that is supposed to happen in all areas of health care, and sometimes it does, but many times it does not. In Peds, you cannot get around it.
Someone more eloquent, please help!