OP here. I wanted to Thank you both so much for the Peds info - definitely a lot to think about. I've got a major beef with NS, maybe not all, but at least mine. Like I said in the orginal post, instead of encouraging us to go into areas we were interested in - that rite of passage through Med/Surg was drilled into our heads. Instead of helping, it's gotten me off track and from what you've both said - could make it much harder making the transition from adults to Peds. I've only been out of school a little over a year, but almost sounds like that short a time in another area could have ruined my chances of switching over, or at least made it a lot more difficult.
Recently talked to an ICU Mgr. His opinion about New-Grads going into Specialities was the total opposite from our NS Instructors. He said something very similar to what llg said about new-grads in Peds. Said he loved getting New-Grads - without prior experience in other areas and not being "set in their ways" like experienced Nurses, he could easily mold them into great ICU Nurses, makes sense to me.
You both gave great advice about how to handle Peds pt's - not asking permission to do things, but offering choices about how and when (we do that with our elderly dementia pt's).
I have 3 Sons that I adore -raising them has taught me enough about Child Psychology so I could at least have a running start, but no doubt there is so much more to learn. My husband has told me all about working with the Parents - said the kids are usually great, it's the folks that can give you grief. I can only hope that as a parent myself, it'll help me be more understanding and relate to their fears.
I've been looking around for Peds jobs. Ironically - there are openings for New-Grads (something I no longer qualify for) and Peds Nurses with at least 1-2 years experience, go figure - but I'll keep looking.
Thanks again, Susan