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Pediatric Nurse

RN Diploma, ASN or BSN

Pediatric Nurses work with patients from infancy to young adulthood, giving developmental screenings, immunizations, and treating common illnesses like chicken pox and tonsillitis. They work closely with family doctors, pediatricians and other nurses, to provide preventative as well as critical care. As a Pediatric Nurse, you’ll also teach your patients’ parents and family members how to prevent childhood diseases, and about proper nutrition for growth and development.

Things You'll Do:

  • Conduct routine check-ups
  • Give immunizations
  • Counsel patients and family members

Your job characteristics:

  • Multifaceted
  • Structured
  • Patient-facing

How You'll Get There
  • Get Your
    Nursing Diploma, Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Take courses in child health and psychology in order to prepare for work in pediatrics.
  • Pass Your
    Take courses in child health and psychology in order to prepare for work in pediatrics.
  • You can start working as a Registered Nurse, getting experience in pediatrics.
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  • Get Your
    Pediatric Nurse certification through the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board
  • You can also get advanced certifications in specific pediatric specialties, such as emergency nursing, acute care, primary care, and behavioral and mental health.
  • Become a
    Certified Pediatric Nurse (CPN)

More About this Specialty
  • Where You
    Can Work

    • Hospitals
    • Physician’s offices
    • Your own practice

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  • How Much You
    Can Make

      an average salary of

      $36K - $47K

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  • What Else You
    Can Expect

    • An understanding of children’s different emotional needs will help in treating young patients, as you’ll be able to put them at ease and help them understand their condition.

  • Nursing Notes Live

    Pediatric Nurse Panel Discussion on Nursing Notes Live

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  • Meet
    Jacquelyn

    Pediatric Nurse, BS/BSN

    As a child I was diagnosed with cancer and was treated at the University of Michigan Hospital.

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  • Geriatric Nurse

    Interview with Nurse Anesthetist:
    Don Wood
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