A pediatric nurse is a registered nurse (RN) who is responsible for the medical needs, care, and treatment of children from birth through adolescence. Naturally, this position can be found in a variety of health care environments, from clinics and doctor’s offices to hospitals. A pediatric nurse may specialize in a particular area, such as cardiology, endocrinology, neonatalology, trauma, etc. The hours for a pediatric nurse can vary greatly, as hospitals do not close, and they generally work on teams.
There is a variety of nursing educational options which take between two and four years to complete (Associate’s degrees, diploma programs, and Bachelor’s degrees) and will involve courses in anatomy, biology, and nursing theory. A pediatric nurse must also pass a national council of state boards of nursing’s national council licensure exam (NCLEX-RN). Additional clinical work specializing in pediatric care is also generally required.
A pediatric nurse will focus on the care of children under the age of eighteen. This person will have a variety of responsibilities, including: assessing patient’s needs; providing patient care; assisting families with a child’s illness or injury; provide information regarding nutrition and good health habits; identifying a child’s symptoms; maintaining privacy and confidentiality; serving as the child advocate; analyzing a child’s symptoms; evaluating a child for symptoms and signs of abuse; and providing general supportive care toward the child and family. This is a position which requires a person with superb bedside manner, and a deep passion for both children and the health care industry.
Pediatric Nurse Tasks
Prescribe or recommend drugs, treatments, and interventions.
Set up, troubleshoot, and calibrate medical equipment for patient care.
Assess, diagnose, and undertake interventions to improve the health of patients.
Perform physical therapy, change dressings, or perform other clinical care.