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Pediatric nursing or child health nursing is the specialty nursing care of babies, children and adolescents. A nurse who specializes in this area is usually referred to as a pediatric nurse. Although there are many regional and sub-specialty variations in title. The spelling paediatric nursing is more common in English-speaking countries outside the United States.
Training of Pediatric Nurses
Pediatric nurses often receive general exposure to pediatrics during their undergraduate degree or other basic qualification before gaining additional experience and "in-service" training once they start work in their chosen area. A wide range of post-graduate qualifications in various pediatric sub-specialties are available.
In the past more specific pediatric nursing training programs existed which prepared nurses to care for infants and children only, and not for a more general patient population which included adults. The increasing popularity of general or "comprehensive" training has seen a decline in such programs, though they still exist in some parts of the world.
How to become a Pediatric Nurse
While education in the healthcare field is very important, you do not need to go to college to become a pediatric nurse. Many registered nurses today work in the field for awhile and later pursue a baccalaureate degree. There are multiple vocational programs that offer training for the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse). Once you become a registered nurse, you can specialize in Pediatry.
Why Pediatric Nursing is Important
Pediatric nursing is a specialized field of nursing that deals exclusively with children. Children ages 0 to 17 make up about 25% of the world's population. This is a significant number! Pediatric nurses know how to care for and communicate with children. Pediatric nurses have a drive and a passion to keep children happy and healthy.
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