Pediatric Nursing

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When I grow up I want to be a nurse. I want to work on the pediatric floor at the hospital. It will take longer to be a pediatric nurse, than a regular nurse. I want to start by becoming a registered nurse, then move on to get my bachelor in scientific nursing. Once completed with that then I want to proceed on to pursuing pediatric nursing. I personally don't care about the amount of money that I would be making. My ideal job is just to help kids. I used to do home daycare and loved the interaction with the children. I just like to see kids happy.

I would like to see kids be cured of infectious diseases. I would like to find a cure for cancer. I would like to work with kids from around birth and up. It would be a great job for people who love kids. Working with kids does not only require patience, but also someone who is a obsessive with nursing skills, including math skills. Most pediatric medication dosages go by a patient’s weight. You will need to know how to calculate dosages perfectly every time. Some basic math skills is recommended for this.

In order to succeed in a career in pediatric nursing, you also need to be able to be calm under pressure. This SHOULD be true for all nursing, it is especially important when working with children. While these patients are smaller they have less oxygen in the lungs, blood volume, etc. They get really sick, really quick. As the nurse you will need to be able to assess the situation and intervene if necessary. Panicking will do no good and definitely will hurt the child.

When treating a child, you will also be treating the parents. You will need to be able to answer any questions the parent(s) may have. You would have to explain what is wrong in non-nursing form. You will need to show support and comfort, yet still remain professional. The parents will need to know how to care for their child after they leave the hospital.

The amount of pay you recieve depends on the type of nurse you want to be. Other factors include the location of where you live and work. If you work in a big city, you will make more than if you worked in a little city. So if you worked in Columbus you will make more than if you worked in Zanesville. The same goes for if you was to work in Los Angeles, California you would make more than if you worked in Columbus, Ohio. On average nurses make approximately $50,000 a year.

There are several things that will affect this base rate of pay in your nurse salary. Some of these are: ·Year of experience
·Education Level in school (depends on the area you live) ·Location — which correlates to cost of living
·Your ability to be flexible (travelling positions, float pool, etc) ·Loyalty to an institution (you will find nurses don’t fare very well in this category) ·Day versus Night shift

·Weekday versus Weekend shift
·Professional Certifications

This is to just name a few. There are many reasons why pay would be different from one person to the next. Nurse Salary — So how much can you REALLY make as a Nurse? (reference)

You have to take the NCLEX after nursing school if you plan on practicing in the United States. It can be a difficult test to take. You really need to know a lot. The test to get into the nursing class can be difficult as well. You also...
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