Avoid Kids at ALL Costs! Ch 8

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by Julie Reyes Julie Reyes, DNP, RN

Specializes in pediatrics, occupational health. Has 6 years experience.

In chapter 1, I discussed my reasons for leaving EMS and going into nursing. I wanted to never have to scrape another teenager off of a highway; never scoop a seizing infant away from an abusive parent; never fight for the life of an unbuckled 4 year old in a car accident and lose. I never again wanted to hear the screams of a parent who just realized their world has come to a sudden end as I look down on my bloody hands that tried so hard to win. So, I became a nurse.

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4 Posts

it is hard when you are in that situation, but I just think of the patient and take care of them the best I can. You can see the parents that truly want to change; with having worked with these type of parents and CPS . You just do your best, offer support and not to vocalize your judgements, because it is not your place to judge. Love Peds



Has 1 years experience. 14 Posts

I absolutely LOVE your posts and look forward to the following chapters! I am a career transitioner lol! I am currently finishing up my prereq's and will start by BSN program this May AND.... will start my new Nurse Assistant (med-surg) position on Feb 2nd, whew!!!! I am so excited, at first the end goal was WHNP, but after reading articles on this site and just me giving it some more thought- I am striving for the FNP. Although my passion is Women's Health, I also think that I may like Ped's also, but not sure- I will wait until clinicals and see if I still feel the same.

RatherBHiking, BSN, RN

Specializes in Med-Surg, Oncology, OB, School Nurse. Has 30 years experience. 1 Article; 551 Posts

Nice article! So glad you're able to work in these areas! It sounds like the kids love you and you're good at it. I love kids as well. I just can't work with sick, dying, abused, and neglected patients. It's too emotionally charged for me. I would be a miserable person because all I would be able to think of is what these kids are going through and how can I be happy with so much sadness in the world. I planned on working peds when I went into nursing school and after my rotation said never again! I work with healthy school-aged children and I like that much better. We still see the neglect, sick, etc but not to that degree and not every day. Thank God for nurses like you!!!! :)

Eclectic Swain

Eclectic Swain

43 Posts

I'm a tough male who regularly punches trees and eats nails for breakfast and this made my eyes tear up! I will likely never work with children because of this kind of thing. Let's just say there are some young people in my non-immediate family not getting the care they need and there's nothing I can do about it; one of them is Downs. I could not see myself dealing with the often heartless politics involved with foster care, much less a child in despair, on a daily bases. I would likely want to male-logic the people who put the child in its hardship (With fists of caring!) too often. Keep it up and fight the good fight! Mad respect for you.

Red Kryptonite

Red Kryptonite

Specializes in hospice. Has 3 years experience. 2,212 Posts

Dang, you are a good writer. ?

la_chica_suerte85, BSN, RN

Specializes in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. 1,260 Posts

I think I was kind of waiting for your take on your peds rotation. I am currently in the middle of mine and even though some of these kids are tearing my heart out, I LOVE PEDS! I never thought I would. I dreaded this rotation but now actually going through it, I think it's something I can actually call home as an aspiring RN. I appreciate your take on this. I was on the "avoid peds at all costs" mentality too. Kids who have been abused or have some drastic problems and little family support -- that's my jam somehow. I wanna cry most days but I keep wanting to come back for more. I love how much we get to learn everyday and how big our hearts have to open.