Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

A Pediatric Nurse Practitioner provides primary and specialty healthcare to children from infancy to young adulthood.
Required education
MSN
Average annual salary
Attributes
Independent
Work on your own or even start your own practice, in some states.
Patient-facing
Work hands-on, directly with patients.
Structured
Follow a routine that allows you to anticipate and prepare for every situation.
Varied
Take on different tasks, patients, and situations every day.
You’ll typically work alongside pediatricians in a hospital or outpatient facility, but you could even run your own practice in some states.
What you’ll do
What you’ll do

Collaboration

You’ll be the liaison between patients, families, doctors, and specialists.

Counsel

You’ll provide patients and families with emotional support and wellness advice.

Education

You’ll teach patients and families about all kinds of health-related issues.

Examination

You’ll perform check-ups and developmental screenings.

Treatment

You’ll diagnose and prescribe medication for common conditions and chronic diseases.

Where you’ll work
  • Ambulatory care centers
  • Hospitals
  • Long term care centers
How to become a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

02

Pass the NCLEX-RN and work as a Registered Nurse.

03

Get your Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).

04

Get your Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Board Certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center or Pediatric Nursing Certification Board.

05

You’re ready to work as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.

Join an Organization
Become a member of a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner organization to find career opportunities, learn from your colleagues, and support the profession.
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