The opportunities available for a compassionate person pursuing a career in nursing are innumerable. The perennial demand for quality nurses in each and every specialized field of healthcare, the competitive remuneration the career offers, and, above all, the immense mental satisfaction one derives in his or her career as a nurse, makes this nursing profession the most noblest of professions.
One of the specialized branches in nursing profession is Pediatric Nursing. This branch of nursing deals with children and only children.
Qualifications for a career in pediatric nursing
The basic qualification in nursing career, which becomes the ideal platform for pursuing other higher studies and choosing an area of specialization, is the 4-year bachelor’s degree in nursing, or BSN, from an accredited college of nursing, an associate degree in nursing, which can be obtained in about 3 years’ time.
After getting this basic qualification, a nurse can take up an examination conducted by the appropriate authority and obtain a License to get recognized as a Registered Nurse, or RN.
One needs to be a Registered Nurse to pursue higher studies and career growth in the challenging field of Nursing.
After taking up the job as a Registered Nurse in a hospital, clinic, dispensary, nursing home or children’s care units and render services exclusively to pediatric patients to gain experience in the field. With reasonable experience in terms of number of hours spent in pediatric departments, one can take up additional certification programs for specialization as a Certified Pediatric Nurse, or CPN.
One can take up Master’s Degree in Nursing, or MSN, and then pursue to become a Nurse Practitioner specializing in Pediatrics, or Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.
The growing need for specialized attention to children opens up a gamut of opportunities for a Certified Pediatric Nurse or a Pediatric Nursing Practitioner.
Opportunities for specialization
The specialized branch of Pediatric Nursing, which is related with the treatment for children, offers innumerable opportunities for additional specialization. Options are available for specialization in oncology, dermatology, cardiology, gastroenterology and such other areas in pediatric nursing, which provide openings for specialized care for children suffering with specific ailments such as heart diseases , or cancer.
Primary duties of a Pediatric Nurse
Interacting with children and taking care of them, especially in connection with health related issues, as a mother would take care of her children, is one of the most rewarding experiences in nursing career.
The primary responsibilities of a pediatric nurse include, but not limited to,
- Maintenance of the health of the child
- Carrying out appropriate examinations at periodic intervals to ensure the wellness of the child
- Awareness of the common diseases or ailments that might affect children
- Diagnosing the child’s health and taking precautions against common diseases
- Providing adequate care and assistance during common illnesses
- Preparing for prevention from common diseases that might affect children, and
- Ensuring that proper immunizations are administered at periodic intervals to children
In nursing profession, the branch of pediatric nursing offers more challenges to a registered nurse and equally more pleasure and satisfaction. A pediatric nurse needs to interact with children, and as such can have lighter and memorable moments in their profession, being around children all the time.