What's you'r favorite PICU moment? What keep's you coming back!?!??

  1. 0 PICU nurse here, I absolutely love my job and can't imagine doing anything else!

    What's other PICU nurses favorite experience/moment? What was special about it?

    Let's expand our ego's and remind ourselves why we are so awesome!
  2. Visit  Sk8mannate profile page

    About Sk8mannate

    Sk8mannate has '3' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'PICU, NICU, Pediatrics'. From 'Anchorage, AK, US'; 29 Years Old; Joined Dec '09; Posts: 14; Likes: 9.

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  3. Visit  Ashley, PICU RN profile page
    When we discharge a patient who, according to their clinical condition, should have died, but instead is going home happy, healthy, and with a very grateful family. And when they come back to visit. That's why we do what we do.
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  4. Visit  marycarney profile page
    Took care of a teenaged boy who had cardiac arrested at home, dad did CPR - long resuscitation. We had him on the cooling protocol, sedated, vented and all the rest. For a week, he lay there.

    Had the weekend off - come back to find a kid in that room, playing video games and doing algebra homework. Thought it was another patient. Nope - same kid!
    justmeinlv, SNB1014, Sk8mannate, and 1 other like this.
  5. Visit  Sk8mannate profile page
    HA! That is legit. Made me smile, nothing I like more than coming back to work only to have my tubed kid out on the Peds floor!
  6. Visit  AMR21 profile page
    Getting floated. Seeing a kid three minths out from a trauma that I admitted. I remember thinking his first 2 nights, why are we doing this? Let him go.
  7. Visit  AMR21 profile page
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    Getting floated. Seeing a kid three minths out from a trauma that I admitted. I remember thinking his first 2 nights, why are we doing this? Let him go.
    Oops! Hit send too soon.
    He blew me a kiss and wrote a hi on a white board. And his mom couldn't stop thanking me.
    That made my year.
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  8. Visit  picurn10 profile page
    It's always the little moments for me. When you can tell you've made a difference for someone. Certainly after a code or a hard fight to save someone. Or even a meaningful end of life case.

    One that stands out was a baby I had for two straight weekends. He was super sick. On ECMO and CRRT. He was bleeding from everywhere and just looked miserable. We all thought he was going to die. I talked to him all night like I do all my pts, but he was intubated and paralyzed and sedated so not responsive to me at all. Anyway, a couple weeks passed and he recovered! I got to see him the day before he went to the floor. He was in a little hospital gown laying in the crib with no 02 or lines or anything! He looked at me, and gave me the biggest smile ever! I asked his mom if I could pick him up and when I did he laid his little head on my shoulder and just sort of melted into me. It was the sweetest thing. I 'know' he didn't have a clue who I was, but I felt like he recognized me and was like 'hey, thanks for taking care of me" It was priceless.

    I love my job!
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