I worked pediatrics for one year and didn't think going in that I would like it at all, but I did. I love kids, so that wasn't the problem. The problem was my thinking I would not be able to emotionally handle taking care of kids who were dying, or abused by their parents or other relatives, or abused by strangers, etc.
It was hard to care for a baby knowing his legs were in cast because the mother abused him and broke his legs.
It was hard to care for a toddler who couldn't keep any food down, and the docs didn't know why, only to learn the child had leukemia. Who'd a thunk?
It was difficult to see a five year old girl dying because her fifth liver transplant failed.
The stories are endless, but the love those kids showed and gave to us as their nurses was worth all the sadness we endured in caring for those little angels. Children are truly a blessing from God. I learned a lot from those little people. They taught me love and kindness and showed no prejudice. Even being so sick, they always had a smile for you, and a way to make you laugh.
Pediatrics is a very special area in nursing. Not one to take lightly. You'll go into pedi nursing wanting to help the kids and end up being the one the kids help in more ways than you can possibly imagine. Oh the things that come from the mouths of babes. Pedi nursing IS a life lesson in and of itself. If you don't grow up caring for kids, you won't grow up at all.