Originally posted by kcasey
I have interview dates but don't know how to pick an area of interest. One nurse recruiter asked me where my interests were and I was tongue tied. I didn't expect it. All I could say was ER/Trauma. She listed a bunch of departments and the one's most interesting to me were ER, Burn, and then I said "or med-surg". Why? Why? Why? I was caught off guard.
My question is this: How do you know which specialty area to pick if you are so lucky as to get to pick an area to interview for? Any peds nurses out there, I need some tips(words of wisdom) or "a day in the life of" would help sort through it all.
Ahhhhhh, the day in the life of a pedi nurse! Let me count the memories....
I had the blessed privilege to work on pediatrics in three different hospitals.
The parents are the "real patients" on the pedi units, the kids just come along for the ride. :chuckle
As sick as the kids are, the parents have major issues of their own that it's hard not to feel like a family therapist when you work pediatrics. The mothers, especially, have a hard time with their little ones being in someone else's care, so you must be super sensitive, yet firm, with the mommies.
Dads are usually much easier to get along with, and listen better when they are told things than the moms who may be listening, but at the same time have their own agenda in store for the little one.
MOMS? Gotta love 'em!
The hardest part of nursing sick kids is when one dies, or fails to improve during the course of their illness. You tend to get very attached to the little rugrats, and before you know it, your own motherly emotions are greatly affected just because they are too irresistable! If you can handle the parents, especially the mothers, and if you can be strong enough to handle the real sickly child and the dying child, then you should do fine working with inpatient pediatric kids.
What was your strongest area in nursing school? Where did you tend to do the best...both academically and clinically speaking? What area of nursing grabbed your attention in the strongest most passionate way? That should help you to decide where you will fit the best. Best of luck to you in whatever you decide!