What You Need to Know About Being a Pediatric Nurse
Pediatric nurses work with patients from infancy to young adulthood, giving developmental screenings, immunizations, and treating common illnesses like chicken pox and tonsillitis. Pediatric nurses will often use stethoscopes, blood pressure cuffs, thermometers, and cardiopulmonary monitors to track patients’ vital signs. An emergency room pediatric nurse often has to perform basic examinations, start IVs, and collect urine and stool samples in addition to monitoring a patient’s condition. They work closely with family doctors, pediatricians and other nurses to provide preventative as well as critical care. Pediatric nurses also teach patients’ parents and family members how to prevent childhood diseases and about proper nutrition for growth and development.
$36,000 - $47,000
Annual Salary Range
Nursing Diploma, ASN, or BSN
RN, Certified Pediatric Nurse (CPN)