Pediatric Nursing Research Paper

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Pediatric nursing is the practice of nursing with infants, youths and their families. A pediatric nurse is a healthcare worker who works directly with patients in age from newborn to 18 years old. They assist medical doctors with test, deal with emergencies, and provide professional care for sick babies and children in a variety of settings including hospitals, doctor's offices, pediatrician offices, schools, clinics etc. They work with children who have special needs, health issues, plus emotional and developmental concerns. Pediatric nursing did not become a nursing specialty until 1855, with funding of the Children's Hospital in Philadelphia. The first purpose of pediatric nursing was an attempt to bring down America's high infant mortality…show more content…
The first step in becoming a pediatric nurse is to become a licensed registered nurse. That requirement is met with a bachelor of science in nursing, an associate's degree in nursing or a nursing diploma from an accredited institution. Upon completion of one of the programs, they must pass the NCLEX-RN, a national exam required for licensing. After receiving a license as an RN, those wanting to specialize in pediatrics typically seek employment in a childcare environment. Pediatric nurses perform physical exams, vital signs, urine and blood samples , and they also request diagnostic test with advanced expertise they also interpret test results, make diagnosis and develop treatment plans. Finding a job as a pediatric nurse is fairly easy because there is such a high demand in the U.S and some foreign countries. Employment is expected to grow 26% from 2010 to 2020, faster then the average for all occupations. Growth will occur primarily because of technological advancements, an increased emphasis on preventative…show more content…
Having a special needs child of my own I feel as though I am very experienced in many difficult ailments that he has to go through. My son is my main reason why I want to help other kids who are normal and those who are developmentally challenged. I am a people person, very friendly , compassionate, loving hands on type of person and to me that's what being a nurse is all about. By becoming a pediatric nurse I feel as though I have room to grow if I wanted to further my experience, because there will always be a need for nurses in all medical aspects. I want to work in a hospital or clinical environment, I also want to be hands on; if there is a situation or problem I want to be there to solve it or help solve it. I can't say that I want to work in a stress free setting because no job is stress free. Becoming a pediatric nurse involve long hours, less sleep, having to find time for your personal life, being there for your patient whenever he or she may need you. Taking care of my children is what I do best and by becoming a nurse specializing in their needs gives me more piece of mind that I need to be the best in taking care of

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