Pediatric nurses must be BCLS certified and will need to become Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certified. They may also need to be Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition and Stabilization (PEARS) certified.
It is highly encouraged that they become Certified Pediatric Nurses (CPNs) after gaining experience. You can apply to become a Certified Pediatric Nurse (CPN) after working for 1,800 hours in pediatric nursing for 24 months or 3,000 hours in the last five years before taking the exam.
How to Advance Your Career as a Pediatric Nurse
You can advance your career by getting an MSN or doctoral degree with a pediatric focus.
Alternatively, you can become a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) and earn additional certifications in primary care, acute care, and psychiatric care or a Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist (PCNS) and become an educator or manager.