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Duties of a Pediatric Registered Nurse
Registered Nurses play a vital role in many
aspects of medical care.
This growing field is constantly evolving to
meet the requirements and maintain the
guidelines for appropriate medical care.
Those interested in becoming a Pediatric RN
should fully investigate all areas of the
Registered Nurses are often more
visible to patients and their
families during a hospital stay than
Play a vital role in every aspect of
patient care. Responsible for
everything from dispensing
documentation, gathering vital
signs and responding to
Rewarding career allowing
constant interaction with younger
A few of the daily duties include:
Obtaining vital signs
Collecting urine and stool samples
Maintaining proper medical records
Performing CPR and response to emergency
Parent and patient teaching and counseling -
must be able to reassure, educate and
encourage both the patient and family
Most colleges offer one of the two main types of degrees:
The Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN or ASN):
two-year program usually offered by an accredited
technical college or community college.
The Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN):
four-year degree offered by many college universities.
Then, the graduate must pass the National Council
Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) to receive license.
Having more specific training such as Pediatric Basic
Trauma Life Support may also be required. Pediatric RN’s
have special training in child development, cognitive
functions and general developmental milestones of a
In general, the medical field has an
excellent employment outlook.
The demand for nurses is far
greater than the current supply
In 2004, nurses accounted for 2.4
The demand for pediatric nursing
positions is expected to continue
to increase as the focus changes
to preventative medical care.
Varies depending on the area of the county you live in,
the type of facility you are employed with and the
amount of education and training you have obtained.
On average, a pediatric RN can expect to earn anywhere
between $38,000 and $70,000.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, in 2004 the
median salary for a Pediatric RN with an ADN was $49,330.
Critical shortages of nurses over the past two decades has
led to better working conditions and increased salaries.
Usually employed in hospital settings,
but can also be found in doctor’s
offices, urgent care clinics, schools
and Home Health agencies.
Those employed in hospitals usually
have a choice of shifts. Some choose
twelve-hour shifts, some prefer eight
hour shifts and some only work
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