Pediatric Nursing Job Description
Pediatric Nurses specifically care for babies, children, and adolescents typically from the ages of 0-17. Pediatric Nursing is one of the few areas of Nursing that do not require the Nurse to attend an accredited university.
Nurses play a pivotal role in supporting young patients, while also explaining conditions and treatment options with the child’s parents or guardians.
Pediatric Nurses often help doctors by providing information about diseases, as well as medical care and treatment plans to younger patients. These Nurses can work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics, private practices, and many more depending on the patient.
Typical duties required of a Pediatric Nurse include the following:
- Administering medication
- Administering intravenous lines on patients
- Conducting physicals
- Conducting child immunizations
- Screening for diseases
- Diagnosing illnesses
- Prescribing medication
- Cooperating with families to administer healthy living and nutritional habits
- Documenting patients’ progress
Many Pediatric Nurses are also registered Nurses who started working with children early on in their educational careers. Hands-on experience is crucial in this field, as there is little that can be done to simulate working with children in a medical field.
Even though Pediatric Nurses are not required to attend college, they often find themselves continuing their education and branching out into other ventures, both in and out of the Nursing field. The educational nature of the profession frequently leads to Nurses creating unique exercise programs, and other educational ventures.