Strategies for Success
“Nurses are angels in comfortable shoes.” (Author, 2012) This quote said by an unknown author is true in so many ways. Nursing is a very hard but rewarding career. Nurses have a number of responsibilities on the job that include obtaining vital signs, taking blood, and preparing patients for different procedures. In the world of pediatric nursing, it is an even better job. In pediatric nursing, you get the opportunity to help children. In order to become a pediatric nurse, I must meet educational requirements of 4- 6 years; educate myself on work place descriptions such as early childhood development, and salary expectations of $48,000 to $68,000.
There are a number of educational requirements that you need in order to become a pediatric nurse. The first thing you need to do is obtain your certification as a registered nurse. In order to obtain your certification, you must first attend an accredited four-year college or university and earn your bachelor’s degree in nursing. Once your degree has been obtained, you must complete a one-year internship at a hospital’s pediatric department. Once this is done, you must then take and pass the national licensing exam called the NCLEX-RN, to practice as a registered nurse. (American Dental Education Association, 2012)
As a pediatric nurse, you will be working primarily with children. Therefore, along with the nursing program classes, you must also take classes in early childhood education. You must also consider volunteering at a day care center or a school. Familiarize yourself with children because that’s who you will primarily be working with. Try also to remain healthy. Children get sick very easily because of their immune systems. It is also important to have the ability to form rabid connections with your juvenile patients. This is important because you have to get along well with kids. (Coleman,...