Pediatric nursing (aka child health nursing) is the practice of providing babies and children with specialized medical care.
Those who specialize in pediatric care tend to children medical needs from birth all the way into their late teenage years.
Based on the pediatric nurses level of education and training these nurses may diagnose children injuries and illnesses, keep health records, perform physical exams, administer medications and assist with treatment plans among other child health care related tasks.
Because pediatric nurses focus on children health care many adults choose to work with them as they are used to dealing with children on a regular basis and can often socialize with children in a much better fashion than those who focus their attention largely on adult care.
They also use their years of experience and education to assist both the children and parents in how to best care for their child, what to expect in certain situations and how to treat their children’s ailments by educating them about their child’s condition and how to best treat it.
Pediatric nurse salary
For nurses who work in the field of pediatrics in the United States the average estimated annual salary for a pediatric nurses is around $61,570 per year according to Salary.com (based off of numbers from 11/12), however a pediatric nurses salary is largely dependent on a number of varying factors such as the nurses level of education, the state they work in, the organization they work for and their role in the pediatric nursing field.
Those who are just starting out in the field may earn annual salaries below $50,000 while those who have the highest level of education and training (generally pediatric nurse practitioners) may earn salaries in excess of $100,000 per year.
In regards to those who work in various states the average median salary for a pediatric nurse can differ by as much as $20,000 or more per year.
For example nurses who work in the pediatric nursing field in South Dakota (november 2012) can expect an average annual salary of around $55,000 while pediatric nurses who work New York, New York (november 2012) can expect an average annual salary of around $72,000.
Keep in mind that while some states may pay their nurses more money the cost of living may be much higher, which could nullify any financial advantage a pediatric nurse may have in a differing state.