Pediatric Nurse

By: Cassie Jenkins

Job Overveiw

Nurses who specialize in pediatrics devote their knowledge and skills to caring for children from infancy through the late teen years and their families. These specialized nurses usually complete advanced training in pediatrics and collaborate closely with physicians and other health care providers who share their dedication to children’s health.

Working Conditions

Pediatric nurses work in doctor’s offices, clinics, hospitals, surgical centers and other health care settings. Their skills bring particular comfort to parents and children being treated in acute care departments, such as the neonatal unit, pediatric critical care unit (PICU) and pediatric oncology ward.

Outlook & Salary Range

Pediatric nurses job outlook is excellent and they earn $48,000 to $68,000 a year, although compensation depends on your level of education, experience, geographic location and the type of facility where you work. Experienced pediatric nurses can earn $100,000 a year or more.

Academic Requirements

To become a pediatric nurse, you must first achieve certification as a registered nurse (RN). Earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at an accredited four-year college, or an associate's degree or diploma. Take classes in early childhood development and consider volunteering or finding part-time work in a child-centered environment, such as a daycare center or school. After graduation, you must pass a national licensing exam called the NCLEX-RN to practice as a registered nurse.


University of Pennsylvania, Duke University, University of Pittsburgh
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