I'm a new nurse, only been working for a little over 2 months on a small Pediatric unit. I love Peds because I enjoy taking care of a baby as young as 4 days old to an adolescent as old as 17 and everything in between. My favorite age groups are newborn/infant, toddler, and preschoolers. So, I typically get "my fill" each day at work. It's the joy of seeing them go from sick to well - I find it far more fulfilling than doing the same for an adult. Most days, I leave work feeling satisfied with the work I've done and the children I've encountered. I originally didn't expect to work in Peds, but I certainly don't regret my choice.
because babies can't talk back to you, you can hold them down, and force them to take medications, and they are just so adorable and huggable... well that's why i like to work with the babies most of all... haha... but i love peds =)
I enjoy most of my kiddos, even when they are giving me a hard time. Most kids are not jaded in the way that adults are, and I find their innocence refreshing. You can't sit and talk to most adults about the new Transformers movie or spend a few minutes playing Barbie, but I get to do stuff like that all the time.
I also like working with parents. I like teaching them how to care for their children upon discharge and seeing the look on their faces when they learn a new skill or become more knowledgeable about their child's illness. Some of our parents are awesome, and I feel that I am learning how to be a better mom someday from them.
Cuddles! Gaining the trust of a frightened child. Watching them get better. Or caring for disabled children who smile and laugh through their difficulties. Watching a little boy who'd had major surgery run around in a couple of days with something that would lay an adult up for a week! Have them teach me about computers! (We have a Captain Starlight thingy which has a dvd, nintendo and computer games all connected to a keyboard and I am totally bamboozled by it).
[font=courier new]i love seeing my patients go from sick to well. i love getting close to our hem/onc kids (and their families) who come in regularly for treatments and learn each of their unique personalities. i'm amazed at how strong willed kids are when they are sick compared to that of an adult. i also love the fact that i don't have to break my back every night at work oh and as we all know..."kids say the darndest things."
how I wish, I can feel the same...i just started my training in a pediatric ward here in our country...it was my first day of exposure in a hospital as well, and I was overwhelmed by the number of patients, the regular staff was only three composed of 1 senior nurse, one nurse staff, one nursing aid, and the three of us trainees, which are all first timers. the patients are 53. i feel like giving up, but i really would want to learn and be of help to those patients, mostly poor children.
Perfect example of why I love it:
One of the kids who'd been admitted for sickle cell crisis for about a month seeing me walking past says, "Amanda, are you my nurse today?" and when I say that I am, he says "Yessssssssss!!!!!!!!!!".
I'm newly qualified and working in NICU, which is what I love the best, but I think I'll do bank/prn shifts on general paeds because I love those silly kids!
I have done Peds for 14 years took a break the last year to do adult hospice/Oncology. What I learned when kids say it hurts it does they haven't learned hypocondria yet...lol They dont kill your back and knees and they and their parents love you for making them better!!!! Boy I missed my kids!!! Unfortunately I do dying children as well so I had a well needed break.
[quote=MandaAnda;3075990]Perfect example of why I love it:
One of the kids who'd been admitted for sickle cell crisis for about a month seeing me walking past says, "Amanda, are you my nurse today?" and when I say that I am, he says "Yessssssssss!!!!!!!!!!".quote]
I get my "regular" kids that do the same thing to me. Or they will ask for me when they get to the unit. I love the little boogers!!:heartbeat
I'm a nursing student, and I will hopefully become an RN by May '10. It's my first semester in this rigorous program! But I know I can do it!
Anyway, my university just started the Anesthesia program so people can get the CRNA degree. I was thinking about doing that (for the money, what else). But I am feeling this amazing drawing to work with neonates/peds. I am a 4.0 student, but to get accepted into the MSN program, you have to work in "an acute care setting" for at least one year first. I'm sure that would be like an ICU or something similar. But I just can't stop thinking about how much I would LOVE to work with peds. If I do that (instead of working in ICU), I won't get accepted into the program. Reading this stuff makes me all warm and fuzzy on the inside.