Pediatric nurses work closely with pediatricians in caring for routine and acute health needs of infants children and young adults. They administer medication give shots take blood samples change dressings and measure vital signs such as blood pressure and heart rate. Pediatric nurses should be interested in and enjoy working with children and families and they should have good interpersonal and communication skills and be willing to reassure children and get them to cooperate. They must be able to relate to children who are undergoing treatment for illnesses or injuries and be successful in helping them reduce any fear they might have. Pediatric nurses must also be able to explain health procedures to parents in as clear a manner as possible and be patient when answering all of their questions. For a career in pediatric nursing individuals need at least a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) from an accredited college or university. In addition to basic courses in nursing they take electives in topics related to children and families and obtain clinical experience in pediatric care. Many who plan a career in this profession go on to earn a master’s degree in nursing which usually consists of a two year full time program. Pediatric nurses work in hospitals clinics pediatricians’ offices community centers and some work for home health care agencies and make home visits to children with illnesses. Prospects for employment in this profession are very good. Earnings for pediatric nurses depend on location type of employer and on their credentials and years of experience. According to www.payscale.com pediatric nurses with more than one year of experience have annual salaries ranging from approximately $38600 and $66825.
|Education Required:||Bachelor's Degree|
|Tasks:||Specializes in providing nursing care to children.
Works closely with pediatricians.
Helps manage illnesses and injuries in children.
Knows how to effectively communicate with children.
|Also Called:||Registered Nurse
Nursing Care Professional