I am looking into becoming a CCLS, I was just wondering, as nurses, specifically pediatric nurses, what's your opinion on that profession? I'm 23 years old, I was born with a boat load full of defects and I've been dealing with them my entire life, colostomy, mitrofanoff, spina bifida, etc. I've always been amazing around kids and I've always wanted to work in a hospital where I could use my medical situation to help others. My parents always suggested that I become a nurse, let me say, I have the UTMOST RESPECT for you nurses, I could never do your job. I have just never had any interest in becoming a nurse, maybe it's the fact that I'm always afraid of screwing something up and always second guessing myself, a big no-no, I would assume, in the nursing world. I know my place and nursing isn't it. Child life seems like a really good fit for me though, I just want to know that I'm not going to be looked down on by nurses and doctors, because let's face it, y'all are top of the food chain in the hospital IMO. While doing some research on the profession I came across a post on another website and the person basically said that hospitals don't need CCLS, that volunteers could do that job for free. Is that true? Do people really feel that way? I'm trying to figure out if this is something that I should spend a lot of money on an education for, or get a degree in business and just volunteer my time at the local children's hospital. I feel very strongly about it though, that's what's making my decision so hard. Give me your opinions, good and bad. Thank you for taking the time to read all of this (sorry!).