A question about majoring in pediatric nursing!

  1. [font=Comic Sans MS]Hello, My name is Alicia and I'm 16 years old! I have been considering on majoring in pediatric nursing when I go to college. I have changed my mind! I think!! I rather go into the neonatal field but i'm not sure on how to go about the situation! Is there anyone who can help me out?? I'm so confused and I don't have anyone else to ask!! If you can help me out at all that would be great!! Thank you
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  3. by   Katnip
    In the US, you don't actually major in any particular field during nursing school. You'll have to learn the whole range from adult, psych, maternal/neonates, and pediatrics, and in some cases, community health.

    Once you graduate, you can choose to specialize in a particular field just by working there. You can take the opportunity to become certified in your specialty, and attend seminars and classes as well as reading journals related to your field.

    You sound very excited. Good luck to you.
  4. by   Lindz
    Like cyberkat said, you get a degree in nursing. In order to get your degree you get experience in many fields. If you think peds or neonatal nursing is your thing you may be able to do a nursing externship in that field. You would work with a nurse on her schedule outside of school. I highly recommend this as you will experience the real world of nursing and it can help you decide if this is really the area you want be in.
  5. by   WhisperingEchos
    Thanks!! I wasn't to sure how to go about it!! I read a couple books and looked on websites and they weren't very clear! So I thought I would come to some people who understood and were in the nursing career!