Quote from ital91
I'm hesitant to b/c I don't want to lose my skills, if peds isn't my thing. Any advice if I were to enter peds, like what should I review?
I don't think you'd lose your skills in peds. I work in peds intensive care, and I use all of the skills we learned while caring for adults in nursing school (and then some)--frequent wound care, foleys, lab draws, trach care, central lines, vents, art-lines, dialysis.
You may lose some of your knowledge base of the most common 'adult' conditions (Type II diabetes, heart failure, etc.) because they tend to be acquired later into adulthood. That said, I think the knowledge base would come back to you if you ever wanted to work with adults.
Nearly every peds new grad residency is going to assume that you know little-to-nothing about peds, and will give you a solid foundation through your orientation.
I agree with Annie, the hardest part will probably be finding a peds position right out of school without doing a residency. However, there's no harm in applying, and you may luck out and land a spot. I'd focus on writing a really solid, compelling cover letter about why you want to be a peds nurse, and what you bring to the table.