A pediatric nurse provides patient care for children. From birth to late teens, children will be cared for by pediatric nurses in hospitals, clinics, healthcare centers, or at doctors' offices. Their exact duties vary by setting.
Generally speaking, they monitor and identify children's symptoms, notice when a physical finding is abnormal, and make sure the child is emotionally stable, by mediating between children and medical professionals, advocating for the children's rights and perspective. Pediatric nurses are also responsible for communicating with the children's families and discussing treatments with them and informing them about the correct way to care for their child after discharge from the healthcare facility.
Being a pediatric nurse is a challenging, but extremely rewarding profession, if you have the necessary amount of patience and compassion to deal with the anxieties and demands both from the patients and from the part of the families. As children in your care might recover or might have terminal illnesses, being emotionally prepared is essential in this role.