Hi! I have been out of school since last December. From what people tell me, I have been doing a good job...I really hope so!!!! I work on a med-surg unit in a smaller hospital. We get it all, infants to elderly. I have some very bad anxiety about taking care of pediatric patients. I didn't, but then I went to a class given at the hospital by a specialist in the pediatric area. Ever since that class, I see a patient with a pedicatric doc's name beside it, or a pt. with an age below 17 & I start to sweat a little, the nausea begins, and I really start to panic. This started the day after "the class". I took care of an 18 month old baby, he was so sweet and I was being REALLY vigilant of his IV site, because I had just learned how severe an IV infiltrate can be in a child that size. WELL...(you know what happened), within the hour, it infiltrated and his little had got so puffy. I, of course, paniced (not in front of the mom, thank goodness) & stopped the IVF, then removed the IV. The mom said "I know you've been checking it, but it didn't look like that the last time" Which made me feel so much better, because of course I was doubting myself, that I hadn't checked it good enough, that I had been negligent, etc!!!! I had been working a long week & it was my 5th day in a row, (4 12 hr shifts & "the class"), so of course I'm in tears & thinking of the pictures they showed in "the class" of the IV infiltrates in pediatric patients & imagining this little baby boy without that limb...BECAUSE OF ME!!!! Of course, my charge nurse & house supervisor told me that this was not a big deal, but in my head it was a mountain out of a mole hill, I couldn't help it!! BUT, basically, ever since that pediatric class & that pt. I have horrible anxiety when a pediatric pt. is assigned to me!!!!! It's comparable to the anxiety I felt with each exam in nursing school (though not quite as bad as the anxiety that went along with the N-CLEX!!)!! I'm serious cold sweats, serious self doubt, nausea, so far no vomiting. What can I do about this? Any suggestions would be so helpful, because I have to take care of them..... Noc before last I took care a 4 year old with horrible asthma, horrible lung sounds, moderate retractions SAO2 of 86%, all right as I took him over....I mean seriously, is this just my luck!?!?!?! I say that part in humor, because I have to!!!! Suggestions anyone??? I'd love the help.