Pediatric nurses are Registered Nurses (RNs) who provide care to infants, children and adolescents. Pediatric nurses work closely with patient’s families as part of the caring process.
Pediatric nurses work in a hospital clinic, school, doctor’s office, emergency room, hospital floor or intensive care unit. They know a lot about the growth and development of children, and they need to be skilled at communication with both their patients and caregivers
How to become a Pediatric nurse?
After graduating from nursing school with either an associate or bachelor’s degree in nursing, nurses take an exam called the NCLEX to become licensed as a RN. To specialize in pediatrics, a RN typically applies to work in a site that serves pediatric patients. After gaining experience, the pediatric nurse can take an exam to become a Certified Pediatric Nurse (CPN).
They may specialize in areas such as immunology or oncology. The salary of the pediatric nurse depends on the education and experience of the nurse, the location of the facility, and the acuity of the patient population.