I think it is the 7th wonder that I fell in love with pediatrics, because I absolutely hated my peds rotation in nursing school. In fact, I really thought I would be an L&D nurse until the end of days. I love everything about women's health. I worked about 2 years in L&D before moving on. It just wasn't exactly right; I still can't put my finger on it, because i love OB/GYN. I drifted to med/surg, ER, postpartum and staff education before I decided to take a chance on newborn nursery. That was a match made in heaven! I loved taking care of babies. And I loved that I got to teach new moms how to take care of their babies. Then I was forced to orient to NICU--it was a new requirement that all RNs in the nursery had to train for NICU. I had NO INTEREST in doing that, but it was learn or lose my position. I oriented to NICU.
And there I found my second love. :redpinkhe NICU was like mother/baby on steroids. Very intense, lots of one on one, lots of teaching and nurturing. I worked in NICU for about 9 years, until i couldn't do it anymore. Since then I have worked in several areas under the umbrella of pediatrics. Now I'm a school nurse in a delightful little school. I don't miss working in a hospital at all. I go to work at 8am, give a few meds, manage some diabetes, do a tube feeding, take some temps, check for lice, patch up some boo-boos and do the occasional assessment for suspected child abuse. I eat lunch 30 minutes every day and I always leave at 2:30pm.
It's a tough job, but somebody has to do it.