Love Me Some Lil’ Tykes

Oh my goodness, I am IN LOVE with pediatric nursing!  After last week with three teenagers, I was thinking “Meh, this isn’t so different from Med-Surg, do I really need to specialize in peds?”  Don’t get me wrong, I had a great time with the adolescents but it didn’t really give me a picture of children’s nursing.

But after today on the infant/toddler unit, I can honestly say that this is where I belong.  There is something about working with these kiddos that just makes my day.  No matter how sick they are, or how much they cry, I just love every minute of it.  I admit that I was a little nervous about having the really little patients, because, well, they’re little.  I didn’t want to make a scary mistake when they seem so much more vulnerable!  But my primary patient today was an infant who was in to rule out sepsis.  His mother was with him throughout the day, but when she needed a break, I got to hold him and cuddle him and sing to him.  There is something miraculous about the tiny ones (and of course it fueled my own baby fever even more).  The other patients I helped were a toddler with croup and a postop T & A (tonsillectomy & adenoidectomy).  The toddler was ADORABLE…when I took out her IV, she clapped and smiled at me.

So it was an affirming day…I don’t necessarily feel that I have to work with the really young ones, but I do know that peds is for me!  Bring on Week #3!

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