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Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Nurse Practitioners are Registered Nurses who serve as primary and specialty health care providers under a physician. Much like a pediatrician, Pediatric Nurse Practitioners work with patients from infancy to young adulthood, diagnosing illness, conducting exams, and prescribing medication. These nurses usually work alongside pediatricians in a hospital or outpatient facility, but some run 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.

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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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