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Working As A Pediatric Nurse

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Make Decisions

  • $76,060

    Average Salary

What Does A Pediatric Nurse Do

Pediatric Nurses provide healthcare for children and adolescents. They are part of a multidisciplinary team of professional and medical staff including doctors, health visitors, and therapists.

How To Become A Pediatric Nurse

Registered nurses usually take one of three education paths: a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN), an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), or a diploma from an approved nursing program. Registered nurses also must be licensed.


In all nursing education programs, students take courses in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, chemistry, nutrition, psychology, and other social and behavioral sciences, as well as in liberal arts. BSN programs typically take 4 years to complete; ADN and diploma programs usually take 2 to 3 years to complete. All programs include supervised clinical experience.

Bachelor’s degree programs usually include additional education in the physical and social sciences, communication, leadership, and critical thinking. These programs also offer more clinical experience in nonhospital settings. A bachelor’s degree or higher is often necessary for administrative positions, research, consulting, and teaching.

Generally, licensed graduates of any of the three types of education programs (bachelor’s, associate’s, or diploma) qualify for entry-level positions as a staff nurse. However, employers—particularly those in hospitals—may require a bachelor’s degree.

Many registered nurses with an ADN or diploma choose to go back to school to earn a bachelor’s degree through an RN-to-BSN program. There are also master’s degree programs in nursing, combined bachelor’s and master’s programs, and accelerated programs for those who wish to enter the nursing profession and already hold a bachelor’s degree in another field. Some employers offer tuition reimbursement.

Clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) must earn a master’s degree in nursing and typically already have 1 or more years of work experience as an RN or in a related field. CNSs who conduct research typically need a doctoral degree.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

In all states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories, registered nurses must have a nursing license. To become licensed, nurses must graduate from an approved nursing program and pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).

Other requirements for licensing vary by state. Each state’s board of nursing can give details. For more information on the NCLEX-RN and a list of state boards of nursing, visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

Nurses may become certified through professional associations in specific areas, such as ambulatory care, gerontology, and pediatrics, among others. Although certification is usually voluntary, it demonstrates adherence to a higher standard, and some employers require it.

CNSs must satisfy additional state licensing requirements, such as earning specialty certifications. Contact state boards of nursing for specific requirements.

Important Qualities

Critical-thinking skills. Registered nurses must be able to assess changes in the health status of patients, including determining when to take corrective action and when to make referrals.

Communication skills. Registered nurses must be able to communicate effectively with patients in order to understand their concerns and assess their health conditions. Nurses need to explain instructions, such as how to take medication, clearly. They must be able to work in teams with other health professionals and communicate the patients’ needs.

Compassion. Registered nurses should be caring and empathetic when caring for patients.

Detail oriented. Registered nurses must be responsible and detail oriented because they must make sure that patients get the correct treatments and medicines at the right time.

Emotional stability. Registered nurses need emotional resilience and the ability to manage their emotions to cope with human suffering, emergencies, and other stresses.

Organizational skills. Nurses often work with multiple patients with various health needs. Organizational skills are critical to ensure that each patient is given appropriate care.

Physical stamina. Nurses should be comfortable performing physical tasks, such as moving patients. They may be on their feet for most of their shift.


Most registered nurses begin as staff nurses in hospitals or community health settings. With experience, good performance, and continuous education, they can move to other settings or be promoted to positions with more responsibility.

In management, nurses can advance from assistant clinical nurse manager, charge nurse, or head nurse to more senior-level administrative roles, such as assistant director or director of nursing, vice president of nursing, or chief nursing officer. Increasingly, management-level nursing positions are requiring a graduate degree in nursing or health services administration. Administrative positions require leadership, communication skills, negotiation skills, and good judgment.

Some nurses move into the business side of healthcare. Their nursing expertise and experience on a healthcare team equip them to manage ambulatory, acute, home-based, and chronic care businesses. Employers—including hospitals, insurance companies, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and managed care organizations, among others—need registered nurses for jobs in health planning and development, marketing, consulting, policy development, and quality assurance.

Some RNs choose to become nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, or nurse practitioners, which, along with clinical nurse specialists, are types of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). APRNs may provide primary and specialty care, and in many states they may prescribe medications.

Other nurses work as postsecondary teachers in colleges and universities.

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Pediatric Nurse Career Paths

Pediatric Nurse
School Nurse Nurse Practitioner Staff Nurse
Assistant Director Of Nursing
7 Yearsyrs
Staff Nurse Case Manager
Career Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Supervisor Nursing Director
Chief Nursing Officer
14 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Social Worker Clinical Social Worker
Clinical Care Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Case Manager Nursing Director Case Manager
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Clinical Manager
Clinical Operations Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Case Manager Clinical Manager Nursing Director
Clinical Services Director
11 Yearsyrs
Home Health Nurse Nurse Manager Nursing Director
Director Of Clinical Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Home Health Nurse Registered Nurse Case Manager Nursing Director
Director Of Health Services
11 Yearsyrs
School Nurse Registered Nurse Case Manager Nursing Director
Interim Director
10 Yearsyrs
Nurse Manager Office Manager Licensed Practical Nurse
Licensed Practical Nurse/Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Supervisor Clinical Instructor Assistant Professor
Medical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Clinical Instructor Clinical Pharmacist Medical Science Liaison
Medical Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Nurse Home Health Nurse Staff Nurse
Nurse Case Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Nurse Staff Nurse
Nurse Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Staff Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Registered Nurse Case Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Staff Nurse
Registered Nurse Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Nurse Practitioner Staff Nurse
Unit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
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Pediatric Nurse Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • German

  • Mandarin

  • Russian

  • Polish

  • Vietnamese

  • Hindi

  • Filipino

  • Tagalog

  • Portuguese

  • Chinese

  • Romanian

  • Gujarati

  • Dutch

  • Zulu

  • Afrikaans

  • Malayalam

  • Japanese

  • Kannada

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Real Pediatric Nurse Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Pediatric Intensive Care Registered Nurse Santa Clara Valley Medical Center San Jose, CA Sep 15, 2011 $139,871
Pediatrics Nurse Swedish Health Services Seattle, WA Jun 06, 2016 $93,685
Pediatrics Nurse Swedish Health Services Seattle, WA Jun 06, 2016 $93,226
Director, Center of Pediatric Nursing Excellence VHS Childrens Hospital of Michigan, Inc. Detroit, MI Jan 01, 2011 $84,870
Director, Center of Pediatric Nursing Excellence VHS Childrens Hospital of Michigan, Inc. Detroit, MI Nov 01, 2010 $84,870
Director, Center of Pediatric Nursing Excellence Children's Hospital of Michigan-DMC Detroit, MI May 01, 2010 $74,090 -
Pediatric ICU Nurse Rosario E. Magno International Staffing, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Nov 15, 2010 $73,045
Supervisory Nurse-Pediatric Care Nurses Night & Day, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 01, 2011 $70,000
Pediatric Transport Team Registered Nurse II El Paso County Hospital District El Paso, TX Jan 31, 2011 $68,287
Pediatrics Nurse Swedish Health Services Seattle, WA Jun 06, 2016 $62,151 -
Pediatric Nurse-Rn New Alternatives for Children, Inc. New York, NY Dec 29, 2011 $62,000
Pediatric Transport Team Registered Nurse II El Paso County Hospital District El Paso, TX Jan 31, 2011 $56,808

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Top Skills for A Pediatric Nurse


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Top Pediatric Nurse Skills

  1. Phone Triage
  2. RN
  3. Charge Nurse
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Roomed patients, administered immunizations/injections/treatments, phone triage, called in Rx's, stocked rooms, other duties as requested.
  • Functioned as lead RN to the unit and other staff members.
  • Delegated to and supervised nursing staff as charge nurse.
  • Assessed, monitored, and documented patient progress, symptoms and vital signs on each visit.
  • Responded to various emergency situations on unit and coordinated response to resolve the situation.

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