Pediatrics Nurse Practitioner (NP) Salary
Job Description for Pediatrics Nurse Practitioner (NP)
A pediatrics nurse practitioner (pediatrics NP) is a medical professional who works with patients in a pediatrics ward of a hospital or other medical facility. In many ways, a nurse practitioner may serve as a primary point of contact or primary care provider, usually in close consultation with physicians.Read More...
They frequently young, chronically ill patients in the hospital or specialized clinic environment, helping administer and prescribe treatments in consultation with specialists with specialists based upon observations and outcomes of various therapies. The nurse practitioner has some limited ability to prescribe medications as needed and may be called upon for minor day-to-day diagnosis responsibilities of a non-critical variety.
Because the pediatrics nurse practitioner works with young patients, they must possess a patience and facility for working with children. This requires specialized communications skills, an ability to listen and interpret information from the patient, and an ability to subsequently act upon information in a compassionate manner. Additionally, the nurse practitioner must work closely with families, demonstrating competence and compassion.
To be a nurse practitioner in pediatrics, an individual must have a specialized nursing degree from an accredited program. Certifications and licensing to work in this field must also be maintained and updated as required by state law and other relevant regulations. Larger hospitals may require some previous nursing experience in other disciplines before hiring someone to fill this position.
Clinical nurses with non-residential patients may work fairly standard daytime hours; in hospital situations, pediatric nurse practitioners often must be available for shift work during daytime, evening, or overnight hours.
Pediatrics Nurse Practitioner (NP) Tasks
- Administer therapeutic procedures.
- Provide physicians with assistance during surgery or complicated medical procedures.
- Prescribe therapy or medication with physician approval.
- Order and interpret test results and recommend treatment of patients.
- Conduct complete physicals, provide treatment and counsel patients.
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Pediatrics Nurse Practitioners generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Acute Care, Intensive Care Unit, Emergency Room, and Pediatrics are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 10 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Family Practice. It is often found that people who know Acute Care are also skilled in Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Those proficient in Pediatrics are, more often than not, also skilled in Family Practice and Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
Pay by Experience Level for Pediatrics Nurse Practitioner (NP)
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Pediatrics Nurse Practitioners, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $83K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $91K on average — a distinctly larger sum. For Pediatrics Nurse Practitioners, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $95K. Pediatrics Nurse Practitioners with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $100K.
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