You Know You're A *Pediatric* Nurse When... You Know You're A *Pediatric* Nurse When... - pg.2 | allnurses

You Know You're A *Pediatric* Nurse When... - page 2

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... Read More

  1. Visit  AloeBlox profile page
    #13 0
    nicely written
  2. Visit  SNB1014 profile page
    #14 0
    i remember a peds nurse helping my parents and i brainstorm "code words" to use for catheters after my vesicostomy/urinary diversion in first grade. she came up with "straws" and somehow weasled my parents into getting me my first purse (pink tie-dyed jean material with glitter and flowers....w/e it was '94 and fashion was odd) b/c i "surely needed something to hold them in while at school". she gave me a wink as if to say, don't worry kid, i'll help you get that purse!!
  3. Visit  rn_abbey profile page
    #15 0
    I've never done any pediatric nursing, so this was great to read. Thanks for writing it up
  4. Visit  as_nurse profile page
    #16 0
    "When you believe in magic and miracles...."

    I have recently decided I want to go back to school to become a pediatric nurse and this post reminds me why I am dropping everything in my life to pursue that goal. Thank you for your passion and insight into the profession.
  5. Visit  Kdrenee profile page
    #17 0
    I can't wait to be a peds nurse!! Thank you for posting this!!!
  6. Visit  ohioSICUrn profile page
    #18 0
    Just beautiful!!made me smile and my heart swell.... and im terrible with kids
  7. Visit  NotReady4PrimeTime profile page
    #19 5
    Quote from babyRN.
    This is really sweet. I always thought I might like PICU in nursing school and ended up in NICU as my one true love. However, I was excited when I first got to float to PICU initially and then knew that I could never do it.

    I'm curious: How do you deal with the fact that most of the PICU patients are fresh traumas, chronics (comatose) that live there until they're 21 and go to an adult facility, or their parents abuse them?

    I realize that some of our ex-preemies graduate to the PICU, but the majority of them turn out just fine. I just don't know how you guys do it!
    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.
  8. Visit  marycarney profile page
    #20 2
    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!
  9. Visit  Lyndsay1983 profile page
    #21 0
    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.
  10. Visit  violetgirl profile page
    #22 0
    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!
  11. Visit  OnlybyHisgraceRN profile page
    #23 0
    Thanks for sharing. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and it made me giggle.
  12. Visit  aggieRN12 profile page
    #24 0
    I'm about to start working in a Peds ICU and i LOVED your post. Makes me even more excited to get started.
  13. Visit  dkmamato3 profile page
    #25 0
    This post just made me smile

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