Explaining the job of someone in pediatric intensive care

Yes, I Understand What The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Is, And Yes, I Still Want To Work There

Explaining why I want to work in the pediatric intensive care unit.


As a college student, almost every person I encounter asks me about my major and my dream job. I tell them all the same thing, "My major is neuroscience and I want to be a physician`s assistant in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU)." The PICU is an area of the hospital for children who are facing life-threatening illness or injuries that require around the clock care. As soon as I tell people this, you can immediately see that they are both surprised and concerned.

From their facial expressions alone, I already know what people are thinking. They wonder why I would want to surround myself with such sick children, such depressing situations, and bluntly, so much death and despair. This is the negative connotation the PICU has, and their facial expressions, along with their questions that follow, prove to me that most do not have the same upbeat and affirmative views I have of the PICU.

What most people envision of the PICU is a place of dying children, who receive constant bad news, and are surrounded by innate medical jargon and grey hospital walls — but, this is not what I see.

Now yes, the PICU is full of terminally ill children, but what I see and what most fail to see is the tremendous hope and optimism that supports the PICU walls. They fail to see the dauntlessness of the children behind every tube and wire. And, they fail to smell and taste the ethereality within the air.

Growing up with a terminally ill sister, my parents instilled an idea to me about the hospital I think all should believe. They told me that when you go to a hospital, you go there because you are sick and that when you leave the hospital, no matter where you go, that you are leaving better than before. Working in the PICU means that I will see these critically ill children every day fighting for their lives, but it also means that I will see them overcoming their greatest battles and leaving the hospital happier than before.

For those that ask me why I want to do this, it's easy for them to see one side, the side most see, the side where children leave and go back home healthier, but they often have a hard time understanding how this is still possible for the children that don't go home, for the children that ultimately pass away. With tears in my eyes, I tell them about pain and suffering. I tell them that when a child's final battle comes, it's never an easy one. It's easy to put a new tube in or to perform a surgery in order to make someone live longer, but what happens when that person can't live any longer? What happens when life is just too hard, and their pain is unbearable? Sometimes, that extra tube or surgery is not fixing anything, and just merely putting off the inevitable, it's merely buying time and not sparing pain. I want to be there in order to tell the children and their families that their life does not have to be spent in pain.

My job in the PICU will be to make these children comfortable, to make them happy in their days there. For those that get the opportunity to go home, I want to send them home happier and healthier than before. And for the children that don't get to go home, or don't go home healthier, I want to tell them about the glory to come. I want to help to rid them of all the suffering and stand by their side and support them in making their final decision to live happily and pain-free. So yes, I do know what the PICU is, and yes, I still want to work there.

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13 Things All Nursing Majors Know Really Well, Besides The Inside Of Their Eyelids

Ah yes, multiple night shifts, in a row. Splendid.

College. The true test of how well you're able to balance sleep, school, and a social life all at once. Each student knows this struggle all too well, but nursing students are forced to take this juggling act to the extreme. Between early morning clinicals, studying, homework, PrepUs, and care plans there is barely any time left to have a social life, or let alone sleep. To prove the struggle, here are 13 things that all nursing majors know too well.

1. How all the professors acted during your first week of nursing school

2. When your clinical instructor makes you arrive at 6 a.m. sharp every week and stay until 4 p.m.

3. When your professors schedule two tests in the same week along with 25 PrepU quizzes

4. When your test answer was correct but not the MOST correct

5. When you go home for break and your family members ask you how nursing school is going

6. When you somehow find time to go out but don't know how to dress in something other than scrubs

7. When your patient presses the call light for the 100th time in the last 10 minutes

8. When your clinical instructor lets you pass meds and start an IV all in the same day

9. How you feel when your patient says, "You're going to be a great nurse someday!"

10. When your friends get upset that you can never hang out with them anymore

11. When you argue with your professor on a test question and earn the whole class points back

12. How you felt after you successfully gave your first shot to a patient

13. And when you realize that one day all of this stress and hard work will finally pay off and you will have the job of your dreams!

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I'm Focused On My Career Life, Not My Love Life And I Don't Feel Like I'm Missing Out

You don't need a significant other for your life to feel significant.


I'm an independent girl. I have always had big dreams and I will do anything to reach those dreams. I have worked 20-40 hours a week since I was 15 years old. I have a great group of friends, filled with amazing women and wonderful men. I'm active in my social life and I'm always down for the newest adventure. I would say that my life is very rounded out. However, sometimes when I'm surrounded by my peers, I see that most of them are in some form of relationship. This, however, is an aspect of my life that is currently open for applicants.

Being almost 20 years old, I have friends in all different walks of the dating game. Some are in new and exciting relationships while others are getting prepared for marriage. Hearing the talks of future plans, significant others are a major part of my friends' futures. Not saying that I don't want to date, because I do, but I simply don't have time for it right now.

I would rather be looking for internships than swiping through Tinder. I would rather be building my portfolio than breaking down my walls. I would rather be adding experience to my resume than adding another guy into my life.

And, to be honest, I really hate this generation of dating. From the late night texts to the ghosting, I just hate it. I know a lot of people say this now, but I just don't want a relationship based around technology. I want something that is authentic, honest and real. I don't want to go on dates with guys from a dating app, knowing what their true intention is. I don't want to meet a random guy at a frat party (who probably isn't that good for me). I don't want to Netflix and chill.

Like my career, I want something I can learn from. I want someone I can learn from. I want someone that will help me towards my goals, rather than distracting me from them. I want someone who is as focused on their careers as I am. And frankly, I don't think this is a bad thing.

So, while some girls are planning their wedding days or their future kids' names, I am planning the details to creating my own business and how I'm going to get there. I'm proud that I know where I want to be in my career. Sure, I don't have a boyfriend or any romantic future plans, but that shouldn't make me feel less than.

If you're work driven, please be proud of that! You don't need a significant other for your life to feel significant. Get that promotion, start that business, grow your work experience. Your love life will follow and it will feel so much sweeter when it does come. Be excited for your friends and their love lives, but be excited for what's to come for you too. If you're passionate about something, it doesn't have to feel like you're missing out.


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