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What is a Pediatric Nurse?

Description: A Pediatric RN provides comprehensive care to children, adolescents, and their families in various settings. Responds to the physical and psychosocial aspects of health and illness, concern for health promotion and disease prevention, management of physical and mental disabilities, and response to acute and chronic illness.

Job Outlook: Nursing as a whole will be one of the top 10 fastest growing professions in the U.S. in the next decade, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment in the pediatric setting will be clustered in specialty hospitals, clinics and home care agencies.

Opportunities: Hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, community, and home care agencies all have special...

Challenges: Caring for children can be even more stressful when they cannot communicate their needs as most typical adult patients can. Furthermore, the family becomes part of your patient load.