Peds is NOT easy! - page 2

I just had to post this in response to the dozens of posts I see from nursing students or new graduates that want to work in peds because "kids are so cute," and "I want to take care of babies," and... Read More

  1. by   KelRN215
    Well said, Ashley. I, too, was quite amused by the thread about the student who was going to work in peds because she didn't want to change gross adult diapers. Like I said on that thread, that person will be in for a rude awakening if she actually ends up in peds and gets assigned an incontinent 13 year old with her menses. Throw period blood and pubic hair into the mix and it's likely worse than granny's diaper.

    I love being a pedi nurse and can't imagine doing anything else. I have worked in a children's hospital for 4 1/2 years (last day is Sunday), recently started working at a boarding high school and am starting next week doing pediatric skilled visits/case management for a VNA. But peds is definitely NOT for people who want to do it just because they think kids are "cute". That cute kid can turn into a devil when she doesn't want to take the Tylenol you've come to give her. I had to help hold down one of the cutest kids I've ever taken care of last night for that very reason.
  2. by   wooh
    The family DRAMAAA is what kills me. And the parents that think you're being mean because you make their child take their medicine. Or all the parents that want to reason with a toddler. Because toddlers are sooooo cooperative once you present them with the logic of taking their medicine. Ughh...
  3. by   Gold_SJ
    I'm with Wooh it's the family that can really drain you in paeds. Sometimes they'll shadow you all day asking this or that and you spend hours in reassuring and educating. Meaning when you get home you're deaded. Couldn't even think or desire to speak as you've totally used up your maximum word usage for the day lol.

    Also here parents don't have to stay and it's a single nurse run unit (9 bed). So unless I have over four children I can have small ones trailing after me, or needing to nurse babes to sleep, or sing or entertain them whilst still get all my other work done. We don't have aids here all cares is attended to by the nurse.

    I enjoy my work and being in paediatrics, but overbearing family who must question everything you do/give/know what feels like three or four times before it's accepted does get tiring.

    Hey anyone had children with mouth herpes? Now those little ones are nightmares when it comes to giving oral meds.
    Last edit by Gold_SJ on Apr 5, '12
  4. by   PghRN30
    I am in nursing school, and I know I have just had to roll my eyes at a couple classmates who have stated from very early on that they "just want to hold babies"......cause yeah, that's all peds nurses do.

    I personally have no interest in peds. Love kids. Do not want to work peds nursing. Not disillusioned that its all hugs and lollipops. I think only thing I MIGHT have any interest in with peds is NICU/PICU (yeah have found that I love ICU nursing....and that MIGHT carry over into peds......though im sure PICU/NICU would be more frustrating in many aspects).
  5. by   NicuGal
    We get that in NICU too...oh they are so cute...yadda yadda. Come in and spend 12 hours trying to sooth a heroin-methadone-and whateverelsemymother took baby. Not so fun. Or that little preemie that suddenly goes south and circles the drain for your 12 hours before deciding to code on the 12th hour. Or that cute little feeder you have how suddenly turns blue and ends up totally septic and on the vent. I do my share of snuggling up those kids, but you usually have 2 sometimes 3 others depending on the acuity. I love my job, but I hate when people think it is a walk in the park! And the parents...the nuttier and more obnoxious they are, the longer they stay since most likely they don't work and have nothing else better to do than come in and want to be be entertained for the day.

    There is no such thing as an easy job in nursing, unless you are working for an insurance company doing blood pressures lol
  6. by   osdbmom
    Interesting thread.
    Im not on your side of the fence yet, but let me say from the other side of the fence, that having a sick kid is really scary. Having a sick kid who isnt going to get better (ever) is horrifying.
    Knowing that a nurse can kill your kid with "one little decimal point" but having to trust them anyway, is hard.
    Having to ask for help from nurses you don't know when you want, as mom, to be able to fix it and make it all better, but knowing you can't....its tough to swallow.
    Being alone in a hospital (esp if its far from home) room with a small, sick child who does nothing but cry, and having no other adult to talk to but the nurse who comes in to check sometimes (bc you'd feel guilty if you rang her just bc you were so incredibly lonely, and you miss your spouse, and you havent seen your other children for days on end, and you don't want to ask for charity/food voucher but you havent got any money on you bc when you came in to ER the other night, you didnt expect to have to stay so long, and you havent gotten to go home).......its HARD. Really, really, really hard.

    So for those peds nurses who take care of that kid (and the kids family), thank you. Thank you for knowing that YOU know what meds the kid is allergic to, but listening to a nervous mom repeat, "Did you know he's allergic to PCN? And sulfas?"......thanks for not getting irritated.
    Thanks for noticing when mom/dad hasn't gone home, changed their clothes or eaten in two (or more) days.....and thanks for asking if they need something to eat, or showing them where the apple juice is.
    Thanks for knowing that parent is scared to leave the room, bc they know if they do, something bad might happen....thanks for patting the shoulder, and promising to watch the baby until mom comes back.
    Thanks for being respectful and listening when that mom/dad needs to talk, or cry, at 2 a.m. when they are looking at their child all hooked up to wires, and monitors they don't understand.
    Thanks for listening to the experience that brought them to this point.

    I'm sure it can be irritating. I know it is hard. I know sometimes you probably have to bite your tongue, and that you are tired, and that sometimes, you might even joke about it with other nurses after work.

    But the fact that you do it, and you are kind, and you listen when that parent is worried, and double check everything anyway, even though you know you are already do it anyway, bc you care. I know there is vomit, and diarrhea, and screaming toddlers, and spit out meds; I know you are tired, beyond tired, sometimes; I know you have your own families to think about and you wish you were home with them.

    You may not know it; you may not hear it often, but you mean the world to the parents of those kids you are caring for. You make a difference to that mom or dad; you are the difference between a night spent alone and scared, and a night knowing your child is being cared for by someone who is kind and empathetic. Thank you.
  7. by   nursel56
    Kids who's parents never visit and child abuse cases are very difficult to deal with emotionally, and yes you will have the ick spewed on you just as you do with adults! Kind of a catch-22 on the unit I worked on, the healthiest kids tended to be the loudest, most powerful kickers, and alert to what color med is what in that syringe, "I want you to get out of heeeeeeeere!!!!!" Yay he's getting better!
  8. by   Gold_SJ
    that was a lovely very heart felt post osdbmom, although we mention (well i did at least) tiring of the hours of conversation at times or how drained we can feel. i wouldn't change my work and honestly some of my most fun conversations can be with the parents of the children i look after (like i said single nurse unit i'd drive myself batty if i couldn't talk to anyone!). sometimes also the saddest conversations happen with parents particulary around chronic or permenant illnesses, those ones are the ones i think about at night; i can only imagine how hard it is for parents to do everything at home and in life plus have a little one with a disability.

    your thanks to all those paed nurses is very much appreciated

    don't take our small vents too seriously, we love our work otherwise we wouldn't be there ^.~
  9. by   osdbmom
    Oh, Goldsj, I was just reading and thinking, about what it is probably like from your point of view.

    It made me remember a rough week a couple years ago. My dad died very unexpectedly, and as we were very close, I was really just very shocked and stunned. My son became ill during the funeral dinner, and that night, I had to run him to ER. He was admitted and we had to stay awhile.
    I know that I kept repeating myself, kept asking the same questions over and over. I was probably really irritating to our nurses.

    I was having trouble thinking straight due to the stress. I was glad we had nice nurses
  10. by   Wanahakalugi
    I agree, I am a nursing student but understand what you are saying. I don't want ot get into the PICU or NICU because they are cute and I don't want to change adult diapers....heck, some kiddo's have worse diapers than adults. I want to get into that field because I care. I understand the challanges that PEDS poses and how it will be COMPLETELY overwhelming to me at first due to the fact that you do not have true PEDS exposure; or not nearly what you need, in nursing school.

    I have 3 kids of my own; 1 that started life in the NICU, and another that spent time in the PICU...I have seen and experienced what the life of a PEDS nurse is and the passion that the good ones have for their jobs; as well as the lack of attention to detail that others have. I have seen great nurses and terrible nurses all in the same day...the bad ones are what made me want to get involved in nursing to begin with. My whole family; Mom, Grandmother, Grandfather, Aunts, Great Aunts..., are all nurses.

    I agree, its not all sunshine and kittens with little kids playing domino's or what not; I love kids, yes, but there is more to the desire of being a PEDS nurse. I love kiddo's, I love taching, I love the aspect of family care, and I have a passion to advocate on behalf of those that do not have a voice to share...
  11. by   Wanahakalugi
    Quote from nurse2many
    Well said! Most times stdents have no idea what they're talking about ( sorry NS, speaking from experience). I do home visits from time to time for pedi patients, and each time I think about them for days to come. I have learned to love the geriatric population, I love their stories, their difficult personalities, their complains and their " Thank you's". After work I go home and laugh to my self about what they say to me, sometimes I thank Lord for letting me be the one, to take care of them in their final moments.
    Being a nursing student myself, I agree. I don't claim to know anything about anything and just do my best to learn what I can. I accept the fact that there is the "perfect world" of nursing they teach you in school, and then there is the "real world" of nursing...School is to pass the boards, job is to learn the true art of least that is what my family full of nurses have said.
  12. by   Julie19
    Hats off to you! What you do is definitely not easy. I don't think I could handle peds, ever.
  13. by   wooh
    Quote from Gold_SJ
    Hey anyone had children with mouth herpes? Now those little ones are nightmares when it comes to giving oral meds.
    Ugh, HORRIBLE. Popsicles before and after help.
    It's the Kawasaki's kids that tend to be the worst for me. (Ok, PO Clindamycin is the devil's creation, but I can sympathize as it tastes bad.) WHY DO KIDS NOT LOVE BABY ASPIRIN???? I used to love the stuff! YUMMY!! I liked being sick back in the day because I would get to eat the yummy orange baby aspirins!
    But kids these days.... Crush it. Mix it in something. What is up with that???