Pediatric Nurse

By Nicole Moore

Over view/ Working conditions

A pediatric nurse specializes their knowledge and skills to caring for children from infancy to late teen years. Some of the things that a pediatric nurse does is very similar to a nurse. Such as preforming physical examinations, measure vials, take blood samples and other diagnosis tests. Also there is caring for patients with injuries or illnesses and there is a majority amount of time educating parents on how to care for their children and to protect their health.


For working conditions pediatric nurses either work in a doctors office , clinics, hospitals, or even in schools. Most pediatrics that go work at a school often go for the private practice, the community group, or other organizations that have outpatient and preventive health care services for children. Also, including children who have limited access to healthcare. Over all a pediatric nurse is very similar to nursing, but there is more interaction with children and families.

Requirments

Obviously if you want to be a pediatric nurse you have to be able to get along with children and be able to communicate with others around you , which would be either a doctor or a family member has a concern about their child's health. The first thing in becoming a pediatric nurse is to have a certification as a RN( registered nurse). In addition to that you have to earn a bachelor degree of science in nursing at a 4 year college or more depending on how much experience and education you want. You have to take early childhood development class and if you want more experience with children you could volunteer or find a part-time job in a daycare.


After graduating college it is important to pass the national licensing exam called the NCLEX-RN to practice as a registered nurse. When you've passed the exam and a certified RN, have a job as a RN in a office of a pediatrician or the pediatric department of a hospital. You will also want to take advantage of the "in service" training and opportunities to learn about the health and developmental needs of children. Once your nursing skills have perfected and developed you can now start to specialized training for a certificate in pediatric nursing. I want to be a PNP (pediatric nurse practitioner) which makes diagnoses, prescribe medications, and manage care. In order to become a PNP i would have to take a exam to meet state certification and continue education requirements.

Salary

A average pediatric nurse can earn up to $48,000 to $68,000 a year. Depending on your level of education and experience , in one year you could earn up to $100,000 or more. Since i want to become a PNP ill need additional education and experience , so I'll be making about a little over $100,000 per year.

College

Im not really sure what college i want to go to for certain but ill tell you my top 3 colleges that i would want to go to . The first college i want to go to is Hagerstown community college. It was found in 1946 as Maryland's first community college. This college offers non credit continuing education courses ans customized training program. Also it offers remedial and developmental courses to help students prepare for college level offerings. The next college that I'm looking at is Juniata. Around 90% of graduates from juniata was employed in 6 months. One notable alumni would be memorial and honorary gifts and remember loved ones, while also furthering the ducational mission of juniata college. The last college that i would like to attend is Westminister college. Although this college has a beautiful campus it has many activities on campus and lots of different clubs. It has a great nursing program especially in the field of nursing i want to get into. Out of all 3 colleges i would probably pick west minister because of its nursing programs and its a small college.