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How many years of school were required?

I want to be a pediatric nurse. My goal is to be done with school by 35 and be on the road to advancement opportunities, making more than $75k a year.Change
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Cheryl’s Answer

Hello Jenn,

It depends on where you live. I have an ADN which is an associate degree of nursing. I currently work as a medical floor nurse, but in our rural hospital we are available to be a pediatric nurse after our ADN, one year of nursing in the hospital, and obtaining our PALS certification. This means that we are safe to train and work with pediatric patients. These nurses are focused on most of our pediatric patients and they are trained twice yearly on the pediatric dosing and the safest measures and pediatric diseases. I hold a PALS certification in case I am floated to that unit, as I only work weekends and that means they could call off a nurse from the pediatric unit if they needed my help.

Most hospitals now require a Bachelors degree in a nursing program. And obviously you would need an active nursing license. Some hospitals will pay for a PALS certification in order to help keep you current and working on the pediatric unit.
For my rural program we did all the same courses for everyone in the program and you were able to specialize outside of school by finding the certifications and studying outside of your classroom hours.
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Donniese’s Answer

Hi Jenn,
Typically it takes approximately 4-5 years.
In either case, it is generally necessary to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing before a nurse can specialize in pediatric care
Most nursing bachelor’s programs take either four or five years to complete and allow students to choose elective courses in pediatrics in their final years To be eligible for the proficiency exam, nurses must have at least two years' professional nursing experience, 3,000 hours of recent pediatric nursing and 30 hours of professional development in the field.
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