You Know You're A *Pediatric* Nurse When - page 3

So, how do you know you're a Pediatric Nurse? Well, other than the typical instances of "knowing you're a nurse"... such as, considering a 5 minute bathroom escape your morning break, excelling at... Read More

  1. by   babyNP.
    Hmm...well maybe it's different at other hospitals. We have a separate cardiac unit where all the ecmo cases go (except nicu) and one of the picu RNs at my place said that 50% are chronic kids... I'm talking these kids are comatose and don't do much of anything. There's a large step down facility near our hospital where these chronics live when they aren't acutely sick, so maybe that accounts for part of it. None of the kids I've seen down there talk or anything; they're either comatose pre verbal, or sedated up the wazoo. Sounds like my hospital's picu is not the norm for the picu...

    Edit: I'm not trying to be a downer here or anything. Like I said, it sounds like fun the way the op described it. But I've been a nurse for almost 5 years (all nicu) and have floated a dozen times or more and it's always been so utterly depressing to see these kids. What the op is describing sounds more of what would happen on a general peds floor. But, I guess I stand corrected for the majority of PICUs.
    Last edit by babyNP. on Jan 8, '13
  2. by   NotReady4PrimeTime
    Right now I'm sitting in a room with two infants who have RSV. They are both extubated and the older one is talking to herself, playing with her linen and smiling at me. The other one is starting to fuss and might need a bum change. Earlier I played with a Gtube set up for a baby who watched me most solemnly and tried to figure out what I was doing. We have no comatose patients here today. Not to say we don't see chronics, because we do, particularly in the winter URTI season. But they're not the bulk of our population.
  3. by   clc40Fan
    It's funny...I absolutely hated my peds rotation in nursing school - they made me so nervous! My current position is in a rehab hospital on a pediatric unit and I wouldn't want to be anywhere else! These kids are amazing. I give props to all you acute care nurses who work with them and save their little lives and send them to us so that the rehab team can help so many of them start talking and walking again. It's such a wonderful experience and I am forever thankful for being given the opportunity to be a peds nurse
  4. by   MAtoBSN
    Adorable! Love it!
  5. by   not.done.yet
    And all reasons why I could never do peds. Kudos to those of you who can and do.
  6. by   hiddencatRN
    You know you're a PEDs nurse when:

    You decide to get some experience working with adults and are appalled at how whiny and immature they are and how little responsibility they take for their health. "Oh, you have allergies? But you don't know what they are? And you don't keep a list in your wallet? And you're 45? Cool, hope we don't accidentally kill you."
    Last edit by hiddencatRN on Jan 9, '13
  7. by   hiddencatRN
    I have more:

    When you get to see two patients having an impromptu dance off in the hallway outside their rooms.

    When you "borrow" a coworker's patient because you had a rough shift and need to cuddle someone and they happen to have the most adorable patient on the unit.

    When you look at cartoon scrubs and thing "how cute are those" instead of "so unprofessional! Nurses should respect themselves more."

    When you sometimes have a hard time remembering the complex medical explanation for things because you're so used to wording it in kid-friendly terms.
  8. by   ChristineN
    Quote from slbull07

    So, how do you know you're a Pediatric Nurse? Well, other than the typical instances of "knowing you're a nurse"... such as, considering a 5 minute bathroom escape your morning break, excelling at getting and eating your lunch (often while on the phone) in only 15 minutes, wishing you could take just one sip of the nice cold ice water you're bringing to your patient, considering yourself lucky if your shift stays under the 13 hour mark, etc... There are some very different, and rewarding, ways that you know you're a *Pediatric* Nurse.
    As someone who did peds for four years, both general peds and peds step-down, I have never worked someplace where this paragraph was the norm. Whether you are in peds or adults or wherever it should not be standard to go without breaks or stay far later than your shift. Sorry to be such a downer, but no nurse should be a martyr, and someone who consistently works like this is not taking care of themselves and will only end up burning out, "pediatric" nurse or not.
  9. by   T-Bird78
    Never been just a peds nurse, but worked in ENT and allergy/asthma offices that saw adult and peds pts. Doing skin allergy testing is a two-step process, starting with skin pricks on the back and followed by up to 18 intradermal shots down the arm. Well, I'd convince them the prick device was a caterpillar that would "walk" across their back, and the IDs down their arms were just tiny pinches. It usually worked--the kids were braver than most grown men!

    Hats off to the true peds nurses. Y'all are awesome!
  10. by   srayburn
    I have been a pediatric nurse for most of my 30 year career. I have never read a more true description of "you know you are a pedi nurse when...."
    It started my day with a smile! Great piece!
  11. by   Indus
    Love the posts! I was a Pediatric Nurse for many of my years in nursing! I started in Peds as a new grad, and I was lucky to have two very experienced Peds nurses from nearby Peds hospitals to help me get on my feet. I returned to Peds again in the early 80' a Peds Level 1 Trauma ER....and this I did for 10 years, in 2 different hospitals...then I finally went to a Peds Cardiac Surgical ICU...I've had some wonderful and some unusual Peds critical care experiences as many of you have had....and it will always be my favorite place to work.....unfortunately many times working in such areas, I also experienced lack of breaks, meals, and extra long hours....esp. the ICU...

    To those who are afraid to work in such areas, try it with a strong preceptor for a few weeks! I loved it, and wish it was an area I could go back into now!
  12. by   hiddencatRN
    Quote from ChristineN
    Sorry to be such a downer
    Apology accepted.

    Missing lunch and feeling like a ninja for squeezing in a pee break hasn't been the norm for me, but it has certainly happened to me enough to consider that an experience I share with many other nurses. But as the OP posted, this thread is about the things that make us specifically as peds nurses. With 4 years of peds experience, you must have something to contribute to the thread, no?
  13. by   ~PedsRN~
    Loved this! I'm a peds nurse and it's definitely where my passion lies... but I do think that sometimes we tend to forget the older kiddos that don't care about the firetrucks or the bears growling in their tummy. I love my teenagers... they are a special population, and still a part of the peds world. People forget about them sometimes, I think! I love the light hearted arguments about music and movies, the in depth dialogues about this week's Walking Dead episode, and the quick games of Mario Kart after rounds.... "exercise" in the form of wheelchair laps in the hallway after midnight, and the saline flush fights that always end up making me look like I've peed myself. LOL!

    I love my teens.