A pediatric nurse (also known as a child health nurse) is an experienced registered nurse that specializes in infant and child health care.
This includes providing treatment to children who are suffering from an injury and/or illness as well as children with special needs.
In some cases pediatric nurses may continue to provide medical care to children from infancy into the mid-late teen years and may be extremely important (and preferred) among families that have children who require care for special needs.
By developing and maintaining a relationship with the same medical health care provider patients and their families can develop effective plans and medical approaches to ensure that their child is receiving the best medical care possible through medical diagnosis and medical history assessments.
This can make it easier for the child, parents and health care provider because they have already built a medical history and understanding of the child’s medical conditions as well as which medications/treatments work and which ones may have an adverse affect on the child.
If parents had to find a new health care professional every time their child became sick or was injured it would be very difficult to develop a medical history and understanding of the child’s ailments and/or medical condition, so it is often recommended to find a well trained pediatric health care professional and stay with them in order to gain a better understanding of the child’s medical history.
With that said there may also be times when it is beneficial to seek a second or third opinion in order to ensure that a child’s medical condition is observed from multiple perspectives in order to find possible solutions to a specific medical condition.
Aside from the medical aspects of their profession pediatric nurses are generally used to working with young children and are able to understand them and communicate with them in a way that makes them feel understood and respected.
In fact communication is a vital component in pediatric care and the well being of the children the health care professional cares for.
By focusing on child based health care these professionals are able to develop their communication skills so that they can explain complex medical terms and conditions in a way that the child and parents can understand.
Pediatric nurses may work in many different health care settings such as doctor offices, pediatric centers, hospitals, schools, clinics and a variety of other health care centers.
In terms of income the average salary for a pediatric nurse in the United States is around $70,000 per year, although salaries can range from $35,000 – $100,000 or more depending on education level, work experience, job title, hours of work, performance, and salary and any perks and/or benefits that were accrued over the year.
In the end being a pediatric nurse requires patience, a strong desire to work with children and their families and the ability to educate children and adults in an effective manner in order to give the child a healthy and prosperous life from early birth until young adulthood.