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What is the best part of being a Pediatric Nurse?

Asked Mentor, Ohio

Hey! I am hoping to become a Pediatric Nurse someday, and I was wondering what the best part of being a Pediatric Nurse is? What is the worst part? Or the hardest part? Thanks for your help! I appreciate it! #nursing #medical #nurse #healthcare #pediatrics #pediatric-nursing

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Kimberly’s Answer

Updated Washington, Washington

What a great goal to be a peds nurse! It's such a rewarding career! I work in a primary care pediatric practice, so I would say the most rewarding thing is to feel as though I am an integral part of my patients care and I love being able to watch all of the children grow. Families come in so many time during the first few years of life so you really get to know this families on a deeper level. Luckily in private practice I don't have to deal with too much bad news , but we have lost a few patients and that will always be the hardest part. I truly wish you the best in your goal to becoming a pediatric nurse- it is truly a blessing!

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Thank you so much for your answer! If you don't mind me asking another question, how did you decide that you wanted to be a pediatric nurse? Did you always know that you wanted to work in Pediatrics? If so, how did you figure out that you wanted to be a nurse and not a Pediatrician? Also, how did you decide that you wanted to work in primary care pediatrics practice, and not in the hospital? Thank you for your help and encouragement, I really appreciate it!
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You're welcome! Actually, when I went into nursing school I really did not want to be a peds nurse - I thought seeing sick kids would be too hard on me. I have always wanted to work in the Emergency Department. On my pediatric clinical round, I fell in love with working with kids. Their resilience and good spirits, even when sick, was really intriguing to me. So I stuck with it in pursing my career once I graduated. I have always wanted to be a nurse, and not a Pediatrician. I really wanted to be very involved with patient care, which I feel like you just get a little bit more with being a nurse. I also did not want to go to school for 8+ years.
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I actually started working in primary care just because that is the first job offer I received after school.
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I did apply to hospitals, but for me personally the primary care office fits best in my life. I enjoy that I have really great hours, I don't have to work weekends, holidays, nights, etc. I also love that we see a lot of repeat patients, so I still have the ability to form relationships with patients, as opposed to seeing them once and then never again. I think that, though, is more based on preference- like how much clinical work you want, what hours you want, what environment you thrive in. Once you go to school and being clinicals, you really get to get a feel for what specialty and area of work you will love. The great thing about nursing is that it is not stagnant - you have the ability to work in such a broad range of specialties and facilities. It is truly wonderful.
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That's very cool how you found out that you wanted to be a peds nurse! Oh, that makes sense why you wanted to be a nurse..thank you! You have been super helpful, and I really appreciate it!