You Know You're A *Pediatric* Nurse When... - page 5

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  marycarney profile page
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    Quote from ~PedsRN~
    Loved this! I'm a peds nurse and it's definitely where my passion lies... but I do think that sometimes we tend to forget the older kiddos that don't care about the firetrucks or the bears growling in their tummy. I love my teenagers... they are a special population, and still a part of the peds world. People forget about them sometimes, I think! I love the light hearted arguments about music and movies, the in depth dialogues about this week's Walking Dead episode, and the quick games of Mario Kart after rounds.... "exercise" in the form of wheelchair laps in the hallway after midnight, and the saline flush fights that always end up making me look like I've peed myself. LOL!

    I love my teens.
    I love that age group, too. It is nice to be able to talk to your patient and get a logical response. Not having to 'guess' about pain? Priceless!
  2. Visit  uRNmyway profile page
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    See, I read this and think, 'This is what I am meant to do.' Then I look at my daughter and feel the panic rise because thinking of sick/injured kids reminds me how fragile she is.
    How do you do it?!
  3. Visit  ~PedsRN~ profile page
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    Quote from Jeweles26
    See, I read this and think, 'This is what I am meant to do.' Then I look at my daughter and feel the panic rise because thinking of sick/injured kids reminds me how fragile she is.
    How do you do it?!
    Working in peds will astonish you.... kids are so resilient and can deal with 150% more than an adult ever could. They recover faster from surgery, they have a better outlook on their illness.... they are just REFRESHING patients, imo. I work with a group of chronically ill patients and honestly, they are my favorite... they an outstanding outlook on life and they are simply a joy to be around.

    These kids make me a better person.
    saraleigh, caddywompus, KelRN215, and 1 other like this.
  4. Visit  LadyFree28 profile page
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    Quote from ~PedsRN~

    Working in peds will astonish you.... kids are so resilient and can deal with 150% more than an adult ever could. They recover faster from surgery, they have a better outlook on their illness.... they are just REFRESHING patients, imo. I work with a group of chronically ill patients and honestly, they are my favorite... they an outstanding outlook on life and they are simply a joy to be around.

    These kids make me a better person.
    ^^^Agreed...made me be able to stay in this profession and will keep me young
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  5. Visit  KelRN215 profile page
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    Quote from ~PedsRN~
    Working in peds will astonish you.... kids are so resilient and can deal with 150% more than an adult ever could. They recover faster from surgery, they have a better outlook on their illness.... they are just REFRESHING patients, imo. I work with a group of chronically ill patients and honestly, they are my favorite... they an outstanding outlook on life and they are simply a joy to be around.

    These kids make me a better person.
    Isn't that the truth. I remember one time taking a toddler from the PACU. He came out eating and drinking and his mom didn't want him to be confined to the bed, so we heplocked his IV. About an hour or so later the resident came up looking for him and found his empty room. He asked me where he was and I said "he's driving a car around the floor." (This kid had a very minor procedure and could have probably gone home that same day if his older brother- who had a history of cancer- hadn't had a history of problems with anesthesia.)

    I briefly worked in med-surg as an aide while in nursing school... I saw grown men who would whine and practically cry for a finger stick. Now I have six year olds who cooperate and just lay down while I draw blood from them or access their ports. My two year olds go running in the other direction when they see me because they think they're getting a shot and, though they fight, two seconds later they're running around the house or jumping on the bed. I have a 7 year old newly diagnosed type I diabetic who is already pricking his fingers himself with a little help from mom.
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  6. Visit  ~PedsRN~ profile page
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    Quote from KelRN215
    Isn't that the truth. I remember one time taking a toddler from the PACU. He came out eating and drinking and his mom didn't want him to be confined to the bed, so we heplocked his IV. About an hour or so later the resident came up looking for him and found his empty room. He asked me where he was and I said "he's driving a car around the floor." (This kid had a very minor procedure and could have probably gone home that same day if his older brother- who had a history of cancer- hadn't had a history of problems with anesthesia.)

    I briefly worked in med-surg as an aide while in nursing school... I saw grown men who would whine and practically cry for a finger stick. Now I have six year olds who cooperate and just lay down while I draw blood from them or access their ports. My two year olds go running in the other direction when they see me because they think they're getting a shot and, though they fight, two seconds later they're running around the house or jumping on the bed. I have a 7 year old newly diagnosed type I diabetic who is already pricking his fingers himself with a little help from mom.
    Right?! I love watching them astonish their doctors and their parents. I work on an ortho trauma floor so we have a lot of really nasty operative femur fixations come and go - and the night leading up to their surgery where they are spasming and in SO much pain and in traction... and their parents always freak out that they will be in this place forever. Then they go down the next morning, get fixed, and are up walking to the bathroom with crutches by dinner.

    And when I get them back that second night, I always smile at the parents and wink and say "I told you so!" LOL!
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  7. Visit  mtokeyboard profile page
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    kewl-ly written
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    keep young
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    Quote from LadyFree28
    ^^^Agreed...made me be able to stay in this profession and will keep me young
    keep young :-)
  10. Visit  AZMama86 profile page
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    This made me smile! I loved it! I want to go into pediatric nursing and this made me realize once again why I want to do it.
  11. Visit  Biglos94 profile page
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    Lovely!! Im a pediatric nurse, and it is my passion!! I work in a physician's office and trying to get a job where I can work in hospital setting at least 2 weekends out of the month. Im hoping to be able to become a nurse specializing in pediatric oncology!!! very nice post.


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