Quote from sistermike
Exactly why I refuse to work on an adult floor after I graduate -- I am not even done with school yet, and I am already jaded from the horrible experiences I have had with adult patients. I never thought I would be a pediatric nurse when I first started nursing school, but it looks like that is the only floor I enjoy because the patients are awesome and although the parents can be a little demanding at times, it is nothing like an adult floor.
I was about to say =), don't think for a second that you aren't going to run into rude and demanding parents and grandparents. I have to say though, in my experience it hasn't been so much that parents are incredibly rude or demanding. It's been that parents tend to get, at times, WAY more anxious than is really necessary. I have a hard time dealing with that, but I think if I had MORE experience dealing with pediatric patients, dealing with anxious parents and putting them at ease would become easier.
I remember one horrible incident in which I had a patient whose young mom had just been a basket case all night. She ended up about having a nervous breakdown because I had to give her kid a shot in the leg. Well, I went to give the shot, and the needle and syringe came apart and the solution squirted everywhere instead of going into the kid's leg. The mom about had a conniption. I don't remember what exactly was wrong with the child, and as a parent myself I understand being worried when your child is sick, sure. But my goodness.... the whole incident really had me upset as well; I was in tears at the nurses station. It was horrible. So needless to say, I have a hard time dealing with nervous parents. But also, like I said, maybe if I had more intense experience taking care of kids, that would get easier. As it is now, I work on a Med/Surge floor (again) on which we also take care of kids. We usually have at least two on the floor at the same time, in comparison to the other hospital I worked where we would be lucky to have one child at a given time during the warm months; and then during the cold months we MIGHT have two or three.