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Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Nurse Practitioners are Registered Nurses who serve as primary and specialty health care providers. Much like a pediatrician, Pediatric Nurse Practitioners work with patients from infancy to young adulthood, diagnosing illness, conducting exams, and, in certain circumstances, prescribing medication. While some states still require NPs to work under the supervision of a physician, Nurse Practitioners are gaining more and more autonomy and are, in some environments, serving as their patients’ sole health care provider and running their own private practices.

Things You'll Do:

  • Diagnose illnesses
  • Prescribe medication and therapy
  • Conduct routine check-ups
  • Order patient lab tests
  • Counsel patients and family members

Your job characteristics:

  • Multifaceted
  • Structured
  • Patient-facing
  • Independent

How You'll Get There
  • Get Your
    Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Pass Your
    National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN)
  • You can start working as a Registered Nurse.
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  • Get Your
    Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  • Take courses in child health and psychology in order to prepare for work in pediatrics.
  • Get Your
    Board certification in pediatrics through the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board
  • Become a
    Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (CPNP)

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

      $63K - $85K

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  • What Else You
    Can Expect

    • With your advanced degree and certification, you’ll have more responsibility, and higher earning ability, than pediatric nurses.

  • 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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    Pediatric Nurse Panel Discussion on Nursing Notes Live

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  • Meet
    Jennylynde

    Geriatric Nurse, RN

    I became a Certified Nursing Assistant at the age of 16, after obtaining my Girl Scout Gold Award by arranging...

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