Hi all! I recently graduated nursing school
and am looking for jobs. I'm feeling torn about whether to go into peds-- on the one hand, I love kids, have lots of childcare experience, and feel like I would do well in peds. The main thing giving me pause is this: I want to start a family in a few years, and I'm afraid that being a PICU nurse and seeing sick kids all day would either: a) make me a super paranoid/nervous parent, since seeing the worst situations might skew your perspective on the likelihood of them happening. Or b) I would get burned out loving/parenting other peoples' kids and wouldn't be able to be as snuggley/lovey with my own.
So, PICU/peds nurses who are parents, are these reasonable fears? How has being a peds nurse changed you (for better or worse) as a parent?