Hi,I'm a nursing student (obviously) heading into my senior year of college and am looking for advice on how to get a leg up on the competition for becoming a peds nurse after graduation. I'm currently working as a PCT on a general med surge floor and also as a caregiver for an elderly woman. I also volunteer 4 hours a week at a childrens hospital. The hospital that I volunteer at is also the one where I did my peds rotation at, and I now see my old instructor twice a week and she's very fond of me so I can trust she'll write an excellent letter of recommendation. This past semester, I had also been selected to participate in a clinical group that spent a week working as med staff for a summer camp hosted by the American Diabetes Association. This opportunity was by application only and out of 60 or so students, only 8 of us were selected. It was for my public health rotation, but on a resume it might double as peds experience as the campers were all between the ages of 7 and 17. My preceptorship is coming up this fall, but I have yet to receive my assignment. I'm pulling for a peds location, of course, but I'm mentally preparing to be sent to work with the older adult population instead (not that I'd complain. But it's ultimately not my goal). My question is, I don't work on a peds floor. Yes, I volunteer on one for a couple of hours a week and spent one week working with kids with diabetes at summer camp, but how does that compare to my friend who DOES have a tech job at a children's hospital? What can I do to get a leg up on the competition so that I can be a contender after graduation? My plan is to get at least 6 months of experience at my current hospital and transfer to their partner children's hospital. But that would max give me 6 months of experience at a peds hospital IF I'm able to transfer. Are there any certifications I could get? Anything that might add to a resume? Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.