Pediatric nurse

By: Jordan Crane

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A pediatric nurse provides and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about many different health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members. The patients are usually children and adolescents.

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Tasks and responsibilities

They provide healthcare for adolescents and children, and provide emotional care.

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Education and training

Nurses usually take one of three education paths: a bachelor's degree in nursing, an associate’s degree in nursing, or a diploma from an approved nursing program. Registered nurses must also be licensed.

Job skills

speaking skills


critical thinking skills

Job outlook

Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022. The rate is growing because diabetes and obesity; and demand for healthcare services from the baby boomer population, as they live longer and more active lives.

Salary $$$$$

$65,470 a year

Work environment

Nurses work in hospitals, physicians' offices, home health care services, and nursing care facilities. Others work in correctional facilities, and schools

Career connections

"I love when a sick patient is admitted from the OR and we're able to stabilize them, then over the next day or two watching them start to eat, and ambulate, and interact with their parents. " -Melissa Jones

High school preparation

You can try to volunteer at a hospital for more experience. Some classes you can take in high school are human and child development.

Post-secondary plan

Some colleges:



-North park university

Those are the main colleges that practice nursing

Pediatric Nursing at UI Children's Hospital