Pediatric Nurse

Lauren Fowler

Job Description

A Pediatric Nurse is a nurse who specializes in medical care for children. Two of the

things they do include assessing patients before they see the main doctor and giving shots.

People who have a talent for helpiong people, love children, and have an interest in medicine usualy look into a job as a pediatic nurse. These charastics are useful when giving care or medical attention to infants, toddlers, and children. While the doctors give diagnoses, nurses have to be prepared to teach patients how to manage their illnesses or injuries.

Work Enviroment

Pediatric nurses usually work in hospitals, pediatric offices, schools, and sometimes home health. Where your working depends on hwat kind of illnesses you will be treating. For example, if your working in a hospital you probably treat patients with more serious conditions, and if you're working at pediatric office you'll probably deal with more basic treatments like checkups.

Required Education

Before you become a pediatric nurse, you first have to become a registered nurse.That requirement is met with a bachelor's of science in nursing, an associate's degree in nursing or a nursing diploma from an accredited institution.
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Cost of Education

Getting into a school could cost anywhere from 9,000 dollars to over 24,000. Cost can vary depend on finacial aid, scholarships, grants, and the school your applying to. Additional cost are added for applyment fees and books.

Salary

Salaries vary depending on setting, location, years of experience and educational level. According to PayScale.com, pediatric nurse salaries range from $30,075-$79,721 dollars, with a medium wage of $48,281.

List of Equipment and Supplies

* baby scales

* thermometers

* bassinet carts

* diaper scales

* pediatric measuring devices

* stethoscopes

* blood pressure moniters

* respitory hygiene moniters

* warmers

Career Outlook

Because of our growing population, employment for pediatric nurses is projected to grow 19% from 2012 to 2022. This is faster than the average growing rate percent of other occupations.

Statistics

*25% of RNS are pediatric

nurses.

Professional Associates

* Society of Pediatric Nurses

* Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nurses

* Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses

* National Association of Neonatal Nurses

* National Association of Pediatric Nurse

* Pediatric Endocrinology Nursing Society

Why I chose this career

I chose this career because I was inspired by one of my close friends son, Cayson, who was born with Chiari Malformation. This is a condition where brain matter is slowly coming through a hole in his skull. This gives him severe headaches, slows down his learning, and causes him to be off balance. He is having surgery to correct his skull when he turns 3. As soon as I heard about his condition, I wanted to help, becoming inspired by him to become a pediatric nurse.
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