There are several requirements to become a licensed pediatric nurse including having completed at least an associate's degree in nursing and having passed the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Those who are seeking to become a licensed pediatric nurse may also be required to possess a few years experience as an RN, earn a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree and take a Certified Pediatric Nurse Examination, notes Nurse Without Borders.
Pediatric nurses specialize in and provide nursing care in the field of pediatrics. These nurses care for patients as young as toddlers and as old as teenagers. Having specialized training in pediatric care, pediatric nurses can provide better care for growing children who have different needs and different medical issues compared to adults. Pediatric nurses work hand-in-hand with pediatricians, pediatric specialists and other pediatric nurses, notes the Nurses Without Borders website.
The following shows the path to becoming a licensed pediatric nurse:
- Have a nursing degree
- Become a registered nurse
- Gain work experience
- Take the exam
Aspiring pediatric nurses should earn a bachelor's degree in nursing. This degree program will likely include classroom education and valuable clinical experience.
After earning an associate's degree in nursing, aspiring pediatric nurses should then take and pass the NCLEX-RN exam to become a registered nurse.
Before taking the exam to become a licensed pediatric nurse, aspiring pediatric nurses should work as an RN for a few years or earn an MSN degree.
Take the Certified Pediatric Nurse Examination to be administered by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board in order to become a licensed pediatric nurse.