If you have a talent for taking care of people, an interest in medicine, and a love of children, look into a career as a pediatric nurse. Pediatric nurses give care to the sick and ailing babies, toddlers and children in healthcare facilities and homes. They work as part of a team with physicians, other nurses and healthcare professionals to provide care, monitor health conditions, plan long-term care needs, administer medicine, use medical equipment, perform minor medical operations, and advise patients and their families on illness, care and continued care after a hospital stay.
Pediatric nurses work with children who may not understand why they are in a hospital or cannot communicate for themselves, and must be able to consult with parents and guardians for care, treatment and long term needs. As with all nurses, pediatric nurses work long hours on their feet.
Pediatric nurses can be registered nurses or licensed practical/licensed vocational nurses.
WHAT ARE THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS?
Licensed Practical / Vocational Nurses must have one of the following: an associate's degree in nursing, or have graduated from an accredited and approved nursing program.
In addition, licensure is required, and may be obtained from graduating an approved nursing program and passing the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-LPN). Depending on the state, there may be other requirements.
Additional specialty training in pediatrics may be required.