PICU nurses need an associate's or bachelor’s degree in nursing and a nursing license. Here’s what comes next:
- PICU nurses need to be Basic Life Support (BLS) certified, Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certified, and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certified.
- After working as a PICU nurse, you can obtain your Pediatric CCRN, or Pediatric Critical Care RN Certification. This certification demonstrates your expertise and dedication to caring for critically ill children. To be eligible to take the CCRN, you must have at least two years and 1,750 direct hours of patient care as a nurse in a PICU. 875 of these hours need to be in the year preceding your exam. Alternatively, you can have at least five years of experience and 2,000 hours of direct patient care, with 144 hours in the year before your exam.
- Consider additional certifications like Pediatric Care After Resuscitation (PCAR) and Trauma Nursing Core Course- TNCC