If you are interested in pursuing a career in pediatric nursing you may be wondering what specialized training you will need. The answer to this question is not straightforward as there really is no one right way to get the special training that is needed to enter this field. However, if you are serious about expanding your training into pediatrics then you may want to take these steps.
Complete your undergraduate nursing degree.;
Get licensed as a registered nurse.;
Take the Pediatric Advanced Life Support course offered by the American Heart Association.;
Take the Emergency Nurse Pediatric Course offered by the Emergency Nurses Association.;
Take the Emergency Medical Services for Children course offered by a nursing school or other educational institution.;
Become a member of the Society of Pediatric Nurses and get involved in their programs. This will offer you opportunities to expand your training in pediatrics.;
Complete your master’s degree in nursing with a specialization in pediatric nursing. This program will also qualify you to become a nurse practitioner in many states. While this step will provide you with specialized training for pediatric nursing it is not a required step for becoming a pediatric nurse.;
Complete your doctorate in nursing with a pediatric specialization. This program will add three to five years to your education beyond the master’s program. This training option is also not required. However, if you would like to teach pediatric nursing as a professor then this step will be a plus.;
Get a job at a medical facility that treats pediatric patients.;
Complete the internship or training program that your employer offers to complete your specialized pediatric nursing training. This is the most common method of gaining pediatric nursing training. To qualify for this training option you generally just need to be a registered nurse.
Many medical facilities will offer a three month internship for pediatric nurses what have just been hired.;
A great way to advance your nursing career is to volunteer for an intensive internship or training program in pediatric nursing offered by the facility.;
You can complete your master’s of nursing degree online.
Every employer will require different levels of training and experience from their pediatric nurses.;
Not every employer will offer a pediatric training program in-house.;
Not everyone will qualify for entrance into a master’s of nursing degree program.
The Emergency Nurses Association’s website can be found at http://www.ena.org.;
The Society of Pediatric Nurses’ website can be found at http://www.pednurse.org.