You Know You’re A *Pediatric* Nurse When… - page 3

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For the past five years, I have had the opportunity to have a profession in Pediatric Nursing. People often say, “How can you work with sick little kids?” in response to me telling them I work in the Pediatric and Pediatric ICU... Read More


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    Quote from janfrn
    Actually, *most* PICU patients are small children with respiratory issues who recover fairly quickly and go home. Many of our chronics are actually very interactive and have families that love them to pieces. And those fresh traumas come back to visit us months later walking, talking and ready to go back to school. Our cardiacs may have been so sick the ECMO fairy flitted around their beds for days, but most of them do well in the end.
    I agree! Most of out PICU patients have respiratory problems or congenital heart defects.

    My favorite part of peds ICU nursing is discharging a formerly critically ill patient - and knowing they have another 60-70 YEARS ahead of them. It's a beautiful thing!
    SNB1014 and KelRN215 like this.
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    Thank you for this!! I am a new grad and I can't wait to be a pediatric nurse!! I feel like a racing horse waiting for the gate to open.
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    What a wonderful read! Thank you for putting a smile on my face today. I used to work in special education and just loved it there in the classroom... Maybe Peds is my future? Thanks again!
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    Thanks for sharing. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and it made me giggle.
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    I'm about to start working in a Peds ICU and i LOVED your post. Makes me even more excited to get started.
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    This post just made me smile
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    Hmm...well maybe it's different at other hospitals. We have a separate cardiac unit where all the ecmo cases go (except nicu) and one of the picu RNs at my place said that 50% are chronic kids... I'm talking these kids are comatose and don't do much of anything. There's a large step down facility near our hospital where these chronics live when they aren't acutely sick, so maybe that accounts for part of it. None of the kids I've seen down there talk or anything; they're either comatose pre verbal, or sedated up the wazoo. Sounds like my hospital's picu is not the norm for the picu...

    Edit: I'm not trying to be a downer here or anything. Like I said, it sounds like fun the way the op described it. But I've been a nurse for almost 5 years (all nicu) and have floated a dozen times or more and it's always been so utterly depressing to see these kids. What the op is describing sounds more of what would happen on a general peds floor. But, I guess I stand corrected for the majority of PICUs.
    Last edit by babyRN. on Jan 8, '13
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    Right now I'm sitting in a room with two infants who have RSV. They are both extubated and the older one is talking to herself, playing with her linen and smiling at me. The other one is starting to fuss and might need a bum change. Earlier I played with a Gtube set up for a baby who watched me most solemnly and tried to figure out what I was doing. We have no comatose patients here today. Not to say we don't see chronics, because we do, particularly in the winter URTI season. But they're not the bulk of our population.
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    It's funny...I absolutely hated my peds rotation in nursing school - they made me so nervous! My current position is in a rehab hospital on a pediatric unit and I wouldn't want to be anywhere else! These kids are amazing. I give props to all you acute care nurses who work with them and save their little lives and send them to us so that the rehab team can help so many of them start talking and walking again. It's such a wonderful experience and I am forever thankful for being given the opportunity to be a peds nurse
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    Adorable! Love it!


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