Pediatrics

  1. I hear that there is a high drop rate during pediatric clinicals. Can someone help me understand why? Thanks.
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  3. by   willdgate
    What is dropping
  4. by   allthingsbright
    I keep hearing it is the most difficult clinically--especially dosage calculations and assessment.

    I am up for the challenge!

    "dropping"--as in "dropping out of school"
  5. by   Kim O'Therapy
    Quote from willdgate
    What is dropping

    OMG, pardon the pun! Yes, it's dropping out of school, not the drip rate.
  6. by   RNSuzq1
    Hi Kim,

    I haven't heard that. We had 5 Semesters - our 3rd was over the Summer in L&D and a short stint in Pediatrics and honestly - it was the only Semester out of the 5 that we didn't lose anyone. A lot of us in class had children, so the Pediatric & L&D Info. was something most of us were pretty familiar with. It was my favorite Semester - you'll enjoy it.
  7. by   Altra
    I suppose much depends on where you get your clinical experience - a community hospital or a dedicated children's hospital.

    Peds can be the most emotionally intense - even those without children or without any particular feelings about children beforehand can come unglued at the sight of a critically ill child. It seems unnatural, and can produce an unexpected, almost visceral reaction.

    Also, you are likely to encounter omnipresent families - something most nursing students haven't dealt with before coming to peds. This is a whole different ballgame - the whole family really is your patient.

    In a children's speciality hospital or a university-affiliated facility you may unfortunately see heartbreaking stuff - unbelievable rare genetic disorders or deformities, cancers, etc.

    Then there is the issue of abuse. You may see its aftermath, you may not. Lucky me ... I had 3 peds patients whose significant neuro deficits & seizures were at least partly the result of Shaken Baby syndrome. :stone We also spent 2 days at an adolescent/child psych facility, and that was also difficult to take ... and I loved adult psych?!

    Those who love peds seem to know it quickly, but it's not for everyone.
  8. by   willdgate
    Yeah, they can fail several students in Peds:icon_roll

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