I have been an ICU RN for adults only for many years and have been wanting to work with kids, hoping to transition in some way. Have mostly been envisioning myself working with healthy kids in a non-ICU environment. I am tossing around the idea of PICU but as a mom, I am already worried all the time about something happening to my kids. I don't think I would be able to handle traumas or really sick kids, having some of my own at home. I already am up late at night worrying! On the other hand I love kids and think maybe I would enjoy seeing the little ones get better.
How do you handle it, for those who are PICU nurses and also parents... does it make you paranoid and worrying more about your own kids? Or are you able to keep the two situations separate?