Working with the kids. - page 2
I would love to work with kids. I think that they all are so cute and they are easier to control. You wont here any complaints or dissatisfaction from them. I currently attend the college of the... Read More
Sep 20, '05LOL, I loved your post. Unfortunately you may have a few misconceptions about kids, especially sick children or kids in pain. When they do not feel well they are much less likely to be remotely cooperative. They do complain, sometimes loud enough people in the parking lot 4 floors down will think you are trying to skin them alive.
Don't get me wrong kids are great and peds can be great but it definitely has some challenges you may not have considered.
I wish you well in your endeavors.
Sep 22, '05It does take a special person to work with kids! You have to be willing to do things that hurt them like IV sticks, shots, ect. It takes a lot more patience working with the kids. It is not as easy to go in and start an IV as it is with an adult, who for the most part, holds thier arm out and holds still. On a child, you have to try the minimize their fears by explaining in thier terms what you are going to do beforehand, then you have to start the IV on a moving target!! You also have to be strong enough to watch the kids suffer and some of them die. It is much easier to deal with an adult not making it than it is when a child dies, especially if the case involves abuse or neglect.
As an above poster mentioned, kids do complain and their parents are even worse!!!
I will say that I love Pediatric nursing! I can't see me doing anything else, and I knew it from the time I started nursing school. If you truly believe you will love it too, you need to go for it. You just need to go in with your eyes wide open knowing that peds has it's negative aspects as any other area does.
Oct 15, '05Hey, I think it's great that you have such a positive attitude and view about kids and you'll make a great peds nurse, but as a parent to to a 2 year old with a Congenital Heart Defect who has had 2 open heart surgeries and a pacemaker......I have to warn you......in a matter of a few seconds kids can go from being sweet little angels to kicking, screaming, wild little things.....lol. Everytime my daughter goes to get an echo done she acts like they are trying to kill her or something and screams and kicks......
As far as the parents go, some people are just ignorant......and no matter how great of a nurse you are or what you do some people just always want to point the finger at someone and blame someone instead realizing that they have a very sick child and everyone is trying to the best they can. I am not one of these parents, but from my time spent in the PICU with my daughter I've seen many parents like this.......and I think it is so stupid, 'cause it seems like all they do is make the nurses and doctors upset........and who wants a doctor or nurse to be that upset while taking care of their sick child??? I certainly don't!!!! Although, I will say that I also have seen some nurses on the floor, not the PICU, that seem like they really do not care, which I don't understand at all. If they don't have a genuine interest for children, then why are they working with them?
Oct 15, '05A long time ago I thought I wanted to be a peds nurse. Now I know that it definitely is not for me. I had to give a very sick 4 year old a shot the other day. It took 3 of us to get the job done while the poor little girl screamed her head off. I left the room shaking afterwards. I've never done that with adults. It takes a special person to work with kids. The best of luck to you!