Pediatric Nursing Career
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner: A pediatric nurse practitioner is a registered nurse and nurse practitioner with advanced training in pediatrics. Pediatric nurses provide healthcare to infants, children and adolescents.
The main duties of a pediatric nurse practitioner include:
- Performing physical exams.
- Diagnosing injuries and many common illnesses.
- Administering treatment to the child.
- Referring the child to other healthcare professionals when necessary.
- Providing therapies and medication for the child.
- Ordering x-rays, blood tests and other laboratory and diagnostic tests.
- Immunizing children.
- Managing certain conditions e.g. diabetes, asthma, eczema and allergies.
- Providing education and counseling to the families of their patients.
- Working closely with other health care professionals i.e. Pediatricians and the patients family doctor.
Where they work: Pediatric Nurse Practitioners can work in many settings including large hospitals, community centers, nursing homes, children’s hospitals and schools.
Qualifications: To apply to a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program you must first be a qualified Registered Nurse with several years experience. Preferably you will have experience working with children. As with all advance practice nursing specialties, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Programs are two years in duration. Upon successful completion, students graduate with a Master’s Degree in Nursing. Students must then apply for the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) certification exam and licensure in the state in which they wish to practice.
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