Pediatric Nurse

Pediatric Nurse

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Pediatric nurses are Registered Nurses (RNs) who care for children of all ages in a variety of healthcare settings. They graduate from a nursing school within a college or a university and then take a credentialing examination known as NCLEX. All nursing students learn to care for children through formal classes and guided clinical experiences. Undergraduate nursing programs do not offer a specifically program for pediatric nurses.

To specialize in pediatrics, a nurse typically applies to wor...

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Pediatric nurses are Registered Nurses (RNs) who care for children of all ages in a variety of healthcare settings. They graduate from a nursing school within a college or a university and then take a credentialing examination known as NCLEX. All nursing students learn to care for children through formal classes and guided clinical experiences. Undergraduate nursing programs do not offer a specifically program for pediatric nurses.

To specialize in pediatrics, a nurse typically applies to work in a site that serves pediatric patients. Most of these sites offer classroom and/or clinical experience directed to the unique characteristics of children. These orientation or “internship” programs may last weeks or months. 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.

Pediatric nurses are very knowledgeable about growth and development as they adapt their interactions and care to the individual child’s developmental level. In addition, they acknowledge the expertise of the family and collaborate with them to provide care for the child. Diseases, equipment, and treatments for pediatric patients are either different or vary in presentation from those of adults for children are unique, not miniature adults.

The general pediatric care unit provides nursing care to children with a wide range of acute and chronic medical and surgical conditions. Children who require more frequent and invasive monitoring such as those with severe, critical, or life-threatening conditions are cared for in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) where the staff has advanced knowledge and training in the care of critically ill children. Intermediate care is provided to patients who are acutely ill and require more frequent assessment and monitoring than provided on a general unit but less than standard in the PICU. For many, intermediate care facilitates transition between the critical and general pediatric units. The staff is specially trained to recognize early signs of problems and how and when to intervene.

Nurses working in pediatric rehabilitation units provide combined rehabilitation and nursing care to prepare the child and family for the child’s return home and reentry into the community and school with any remaining disability.

After gaining experience, the pediatric nurse can take an exam to become a Certified Pediatric Nurse (CPN). Pediatric nurses continually add to their knowledge base by reading professional journals, participating in continuing education classes, and attending conferences such as those offered annually by the Society of Pediatric Nurses.

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  • Society of Pediatric Nurses 25th Annual Conference

    Posted Feb 12, 2015 by Garret Armes

    April 16th- 19th
    Disneyland Hotel - Anaheim, CA

    The SPN Annual Conference is uniquely designed for pediatric nurses and professionals who share an interest in pediatric healthcare, both of whom actively develop and deliver the highest care possible to patients from infancy through adolescence--based upon both the established standards and the most current research--and...

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