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Working as a Pediatric Nurse: The Job Description of Pediatric Nurses, Including Salary and Career Information

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Working as a pediatric nurse entails caring for children in a hospital setting. Pediatric nurse jobs are among the best jobs in America and also among the most in-demand jobs at present. The information presented here includes the job description of a pediatric nurse, the salaries earned by pediatric nurses, and further pediatric nurse career information.

My aunt is a nurse and has been for most of her life. She’s worked in most every sector within the nursing field, from dialysis nurse jobs to registered nurse jobs to OB/GYN nurse jobs to pediatric nurse jobs. I don’t know how she does it. I don’t have a high tolerance for most of the things she does (I don’t even want to get into the whole catheter discussion), but I do admire her dedication to helping others with their health. Of all the nurse jobs she’s had, I think her work with children as a pediatric nurse is the most rewarding, admirable, and difficult. After researching what pediatric nurses do on a day-to-day basis, I commend anyone and everyone who works as a pediatric nurse.

Pediatric Nurse Jobs Are among the Best Jobs in America



CNNMoney.com listed “staff nurse,” a general category which includes pediatric nurses, in its top 5 best jobs in America. One reason for the designation is that the job growth of staff and pediatric nurses is expected to be 29% in the next 10 years. The report anticipates that there will be more than 1 million job openings for staff and pediatric nurses in that time. The United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) confirms this projection and estimates that even more jobs will be added in the nursing field. The BLS currently projects that 4 million jobs will be added in the healthcare and social assistance category, of which nursing is a part.

What Pediatric Nurses Earn: The Salary of a Pediatric Nurse

The median hourly rate of pay for pediatric nurses is between $19.75 to $28.56, according to PayScale.com. The low and high hourly rates are typically determined by the number of years of experience a pediatric nurse has. PayScale.com reports that the highest paid pediatric nurses work in California. Pediatric nurses working in California earn $33.64 per hour on average. However, CNNMoney, in conjuction with Salary.com, has estimated that staff and pediatric nurses earn an average of $59,800 per year.

Working as a Pediatric Nurse: The Job Responsibilities of a Pediatric Nurse

A pediatric nurse is a professional registered nurse who assists pediatricians. The job responsibilities of a pediatric nurse are as follows:
  • Pediatric nurses assist pediatricians.
  • Pediatric nurses handle emergencies in the absence of pediatricians.
  • Pediatric nurses provide professional nursing care for sick babies and children.
  • Pediatric nurses work in a children’s ward of a hospital.
  • Pediatric nurses dispense medication and carry out medical examinations.
  • Pediatric nurses wash, dress, and feed sick babies and children.
These pediatric nurse job responsibilities were outlined by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in its International Hazard Datasheets on Occupation. The ILO provides information on health and safety in various workplaces.
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