Life as a Pediatric Nurse
Pediatric nurses perform similar duties as other nurses in the medical field. They help provide wellness checkups, administer immunizations and assist in care plans for patients.
Except those patients are all under the age of 18 years old.
Amy Pigeon, RN, with Hattiesburg Clinic Children’s Clinic, said she always knew she wanted to be a pediatric nurse.
“I love pediatrics because I get to watch these kids grow up,” Pigeon said. “I’ve seen some of our patients since they were newborns to nine years old, and the older kids I have been able to learn about their goals and plans for the future. It’s like being part of their family and life journey.”
Pigeon graduated from nursing school at Pearl River Community College in December 2010 and has worked alongside Jeffrey Williams, MD, at the Children’s Clinic for nine years. Of the nine years she has been with the clinic, Pigeon said this last year has been the toughest year yet as a pediatric nurse.
“We’ve had to learn, adapt and change nearly everything.” Pigeon said. “We have done a lot of telehealth visits, especially for those who were at high risk. At the end of the day, we just want to ease parent’s mind and let them know that their children are safe.”
The team at the Children’s Clinic also set up curbside visits for patients, so that they could be assessed and evaluated from their vehicle. Pigeon noted that she has seen an increase in mental health-related issues, like anxiety and depression in adolescents.
“It has been especially hard on children because they are used to socializing and being with their friends,” Pigeon said. “I’m so grateful that we have these specialists on hand that we can refer, so parents and children can learn to cope during this difficult time.”
Pigeon said that her saving grace during the pandemic was a camping trip that her and family of four embarked on last summer.
“We went camping for the first time as a family in Picayune and had the best time,” Pigeon said. “We were outdoors so we were able to socially distance. We went swimming, rode bikes, played baseball and didn’t have any electronics. That was one of my favorite trips.”
Pigeon has been married to her husband, Robert, for almost 11 years and together they have two sons, Preston, 7, and Carson, who is 18 months old.
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