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Adult to Pediatrics

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Hi everyone,

I have been in the adult ED for close to 2 years now and want to do Pediatrics as it always has been my passion. But with an adult background, it's tough to get a job in Peds at any hospital, which is a fast pace environment I want to stay in. However, after rejections at every hospital, I applied for a PEDS urgent care position which I got an offer for. My question is how hard would it be to get a job in a PEDS unit (IMC/ICU/Medsurg) within the City after a few years in a community Pediatric urgent care center? 

If you're able/willing to relocate there are PICUs that will hire experienced nurses with an adult only background.  I was hired into a PICU at a major academic medical center with 12 years adult ED/ICU experience. 

If you are unable to relocate then yes, I think the peds urgent care position will provide you an excellent experience to later transition to either PICU or pets ED.

Best wishes.

On 10/23/2020 at 12:36 PM, chare said:

If you're able/willing to relocate there are PICUs that will hire experienced nurses with an adult only background.  I was hired into a PICU at a major academic medical center with 12 years adult ED/ICU experience. 

If you are unable to relocate then yes, I think the peds urgent care position will provide you an excellent experience to later transition to either PICU or pets ED.

Best wishes.

I just got an offer for another ED down in the city where its a combined Adult AND Peds unit where the ED I am in now is only adults. do you think this will be still a good move or wait for a PEDS specific unit?

HiddencatBSN, BSN

Specializes in Peds ED. Has 10 years experience.

I think either would be fine, with the adult/peds ED (if you actually do get to care for peds patients) being a potentially easier transition for you. Does the adult/peds ED have you take the ENPC (emergency nurse pediatric course by the ena)?

amb218, BSN, RN

Specializes in Pediatrics, Critical Care. Has 6 years experience.

I think I would take the urgent care position. I have worked at an adult hospital that had a small pediatric unit and the ED did not see very many pediatric patients at all and often called us to come down when they did LOL. I would say that you'll get much more hands-on peds experience in urgent care!