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Name: Pediatric Nurse
Description: Provides comprehensive care to children, adolescents, and their families in various settings. Responds to the physical and psychosocial aspects of health and illness, concern for health promotion and disease prevention, management of physical and mental disabilities, and response to acute and chronic illness
Diagnoses: Acute and chronic problems such as upper and lower respiratory infections; ear, nose, and throat infections; asthma; growth and development problems
Practice roles: Staff nurse, clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner, case manager, supervisor, nurse manager
Characteristics: Direct patient care and relationships, autonomy and independent functioning, teaching, making a difference, teamwork
Client age group: Newborn to adolescence
Drawbacks: Lack of patient cooperation, patient grief, paperwork and policies, bureaucracy, stress, ethical conflicts, and pressure
Desirable skills: People skills, empathy, love of children, flexibility, stress management
Education: RN with AD, Diploma, or BSN (preferred)
Employers: Hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, community, and home care agencies
Certification:
American Nurses Credentialling Center
600 Maryland Av., SW, #100
Washington, DC 20024-2571
800-284-CERT
 
National Certification Board of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and Nurses
800 South Frederick Ave., #104
Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150
301-330-2921
Associations:
National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates and Practitioners
1101 Kings Hwy. North, #206
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
856-667-1773
 
Developmental Disabilities Nurses Association
1733 H St., #330, PMB 1214
Blaine, WA 98230
800-888-6733
 
Society of Pediatric Nurses
7250 Parkway Dr., #510
Hanover, MD 21076
800-723-2902
Publications:
Journal of Pediatric Nursing
 
Journal of Pediatric Health Care
 
The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Newsletter
609-667-1773
 
Journal of the Society of Pediatric Nurses
800-723-2902
 
DDNA NewsNetwork
800-888-6733