Pediatric Nursing

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.

Preparation Path

  • EARN YOUR NURSING DIPLOMA, ASN, OR BSN (COURSES IN CHILD HEALTH AND PSYCHOLOGY RECOMMENDED)
  • PASS YOUR NCLEX AND BECOME AN RN
  • GET YOUR PEDIATRIC NURSE CERTIFICATION THROUGH THE PEDIATRIC NURSING CERTIFICATION BOARD
  • BECOME A CPN

 

$36,000 - $47,000

Annual Salary Range

Typical Tasks

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

Education Requirements

Nursing Diploma, ASN, or BSN

Employment Settings

  • Hospitals
  • Physicians’ offices
  • Your own private practice

Certification

RN, Certified Pediatric Nurse (CPN)