While it's true kids can be fun, working in a pediatric office for the past 8 months has helped me learn that for the most part, it's really hard work! They don't like having temps taken, being weighed, getting breathing treatments, immunizations, antibiotic injections, taking p.o. meds, giving urine specimens, having fingerstick CBC's, or much of anything else they're in the office for. A couple of weeks ago, I had to try and drag a child out from underneath the chair where he was hiding...yesterday a mom got angry at me when her child knocked the needle out of her own leg while I was giving a shot with one hand and holding both legs with the other and mom was supposed to be holding her hands :uhoh21: ...I've gotten bruises from having to hold children still to get sutures removed because they're pushing so hard to try and get away...cathing a screaming, writhing 2 y.o. is a challenge beyond description and it's IMPOSSIBLE to maintain sterile technique (even with two nurses and mom trying to hold her still and mom's worrying about the child's head bumping the wall - the only thing that kept her from falling off the table, BTW
)...and on and on and on! And trust me, they (and their parents) are master complainers! :chuckle
Believe it or not, I'm not trying to burst your bubble, but, after 8 years of adult practice and thinking I needed a change, I think I'd really like to go back to adults again. I guess I just feel more comfortable there. As it happens, the hours where I'm at are perfect for me for the time being, so I'm reluctant to leave for now.
I hope you find the perfect nursing niche for you since there are so many opportunities out there, and if in fact it turns out to be peds, all the better! Best of luck to you.