How long will it take?

  1. 0 [FONT=comic sans ms]How long will it take to become a Pediatric nurse?
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    Joined May '12; Posts: 14.

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  4. Visit  NotReady4PrimeTime profile page
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    You can become a pediatric nurse as soon as you graduate. To do that you'd do best to have your final practicum at a children's hospital or on a pediatric ward of a community hospital so that you can prove yourself.
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    Do you only need a RN degree?
  6. Visit  NotReady4PrimeTime profile page
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    That's right. There really aren't any pediatric specialty training programs out there. The final practicum is the key. You'll learn a lot about how to interact with children, how children are different from adults, a lot about the illnesses that bring children into hospital and that's how the manager of the peds floor will know that you're the right fit.
  7. Visit  Ashley94 profile page
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    Thank you so much for all your help!
  8. Visit  anon456 profile page
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    I was able to get hired at a top peds hospital right out of school. They have a new grad program. I feel so lucky! I did have previous non nursing work experience with children.
  9. Visit  Ashley94 profile page
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    Quote from anon456
    I was able to get hired at a top peds hospital right out of school. They have a new grad program. I feel so lucky! I did have previous non nursing work experience with children.
    That's awesome! How long did it take you till you graduated?
  10. Visit  hiddencatRN profile page
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    I was hired in to peds as a new grad. There was an open position, I applied, had my peds instructors write recommendations, interviewed and was hired. My school did not offer practicums.


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