Pediatric Nursing

Learn How to Become 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 BSN (courses in child health and psychology recommended)
  • Pass the NCLEX and become an RN
  • Get your Pediatric Nurse certification through the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB)
  • Become a CPN

Annual Salary Range
$45,500 – 68,500


Typical Tasks

  • Conducting routine check-ups
  • Giving immunizations
  • Counseling patients and family members

Employment Settings

  • Hospitals
  • Physicians’ offices
  • Your own private practice

Certification

RN, Certified Pediatric Nurse (CPN)


Education Requirements

BSN


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