The Children’s Ward

In our second year, nursing students are assigned to a ward for two months. I received the children’s ward. This is my fourth week working there. It is exciting, it is educational, and at times it is funny – but overall I can’t say that it is fun.

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At the entrance of the ward – A snake.

We laugh, we play, we run around – children and personnel alike. However, that is only one part of it. The next might consist of pain that I can’t relieve, and of tears that I can’t dry. I can go from one room, where all is well in the world, to another, where the world seems at a standstill – about to end.

I love children – love their innocence, free spirit and unfiltered minds. I love working with them. Except for when they’re very, very sick. I find it difficult to hold such tiny hands in mine, and feel them getting colder. Perhaps one adapts after a longer amount of time, and learns how to handle it better.

Aside from the hurt I experience, and the contrast of moving back and forth between getting better and getting worse – this is still a month I will look back on and appreciate. I have learned a lot of things – even if one of them is that I might not be cut out to work with this age group.

16 thoughts on “The Children’s Ward

  1. In my mid teens, I volunteered to help my cousin who just became a single father of two boys and an adopted 1 year old. The 1 year old baby girl was in an unfortunate drowning accident and was hospitalized for a year. We all did what we could for her during that time as well as when she was released a few months after. Later, she dealt with a chest infection the doctor’s could not do anything about. She passed away during surgery.

    I can only imagine what you are going through and greatly admire your courage for being in such a tough profession. You’re the true hero and each and every one of those children and their parents greatly admire your hard work.

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    1. I’m so sorry for your loss. That must have been really, really tough. It was such a great thing you did though; to volunteer like that. Not everyone would.

      Thank you so much for your incredibly kind words, Jacob. I truly appreciate you saying so. I’ll try to remember it when I feel down!

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  2. Thank you for sharing your story. I had a friend whose daughter died at 11 years old from cancer, so I donate to their foundation every year. I understand exactly how you feel, I would not be able to hold back tears if I saw children so sick. I’ve also made fleece blankets for the hospital, they need them for the ICU. As you mentioned, the experience is good, because it teaches you… and us who donate or have friends who are sick… how to be humble and appreciative in life. GREAT JOB, I know you will be a wonderful nurse one day!

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    1. Thank you for saying so, it means a lot to me! And I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I admire your dedication, and am sure that the Hospital appreciate the blankets, and the foundation your donation. All contributions help, but someone still need to make them. Keep up being such a good person! And you’re right, it sure does teach you to be humble and appreciative. I’ll never forget my time at this ward.

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  3. I’m so sorry that it is hard for you; I’m so grateful that you persevere and do what you can to learn and care for these children in need.

    Stay strong. So many of us in the world appreciate this work you are doing.

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  4. Most of the children in the hospital are extremely ill (at least in the US). I have never understood how the nurses could handle the stress. They say that it’s important to not get emotionally attached to the patients. I don’t think I would make it

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  5. I’ve worked at a cancer institute for several years and we had a neighboring children’s ward close by. Cancer in adults is devastating but in children it unbearable. I’m not clinical but administrative and always admire the bravery and strength of nurses who are able to not only answer the call of duty but come in everyday for 12 hours and work in an environment like that. I look forward to the time mentioned in the Bible at Isaiah 33:24 where it says “and no resident will say ‘I am sick.’” God’s Kingdom will rid this world of sickness and pain (Revelation 21:3,4) especially in children. Until then, may God give you the strength to continue your journey of healing.

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