Expect to use specialized communication:
"I'm going to give your arm a hug!" (take blood pressure)
"Do you want the injection in your right arm or left arm?" (giving a choice/control instead of saying 'can I give you a shot?')
"Did you poop today?" (What's a bowel movement?
Expect to play with the younger kids to establish rapport, and expect the teenagers to want the utmost in privacy.
Expect to communicate frequently with parents, often more than with the patient. Expect to see all styles of parenting.
Expect more resilience from patients than you would expect for their condition.
Expect to have FUN! I loved, loved, loved my Peds rotation. I was looking forward to it because I love kids too, and my enthusiasm definitely helped me in clinicals. If anything, the students that didn't get into the "kid stuff" were the ones that didn't enjoy the rotation. But while they were complaining, I was sitting on the floor playing Toy Story Bingo and getting psychosocial information at the same time! It was a great experience, and I regret that my preceptorship hospital doesn't have a Peds unit because I would definitely be on it!