I'm a new nurse, started working on a telemetry floor in March of this year. We do take overflow and literally about once a week, I have a patient with a history of drug abuse who is requesting dilaudid every two hours like clockwork. I came into nursing because I wanted to help people who need it, and that is not my idea of helping people... feeding their addiction.
Anyway, with what's going on with Easton Friedel (facebook.com/SupportBabyEastonFriedel) who is fighting Epidermolysis Bullosa... I REALLY want to switch to PICU. I was considering pediatrics, but got the job on the floor I'm currently on, and took it. I want to spend my shifts helping these innocent babies and children. My fiance thinks it's a bad idea because I'm fairly emotional. The updates about baby Easton have me crying on a daily basis, I cried three or four times during my preceptorship in the ICU in nursing school, I cried when I had a patient who had just recently lost a child and was speaking about it... So yes, I'm emotional, but the compassion I have for people, and wanting to comfort them and help in any way possible, I feel like I would be better off in PICU.
Any advice? Should I stay away? My fiance thinks I'll come home crying every day. I think that I'll learn to control myself/compartmentalize/etc.