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how do you become a pediatrics nurse what education is required? and what classes should I take while in college? how many courses do you need? what credits? which colleges work best for this field

how do you become a pediatrics nurse what education is required? and what classes should I take while in college? how many courses do you need? what credits? which colleges work best for this field

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Sophia M.’s Answer

Hi. I suggest start with a career counselor so you can work on RN perquisites. These classes will help you get into RN a program. Then after you have passed RN program and RN boards you can apply for pediatric nursing as new graduate. They will train you., there is no special class you take in college the RN program is preparing you. You will need to take PALS but that is after you finish a RN and you are ready to work . The nursing degree is first. The key thing is start in pediatrics right after you finish school and get you speciality training.
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Megan’s Answer

Hi. In order to be a Registered Nurse (which is usually a requirement to work NICU) you must find a school with a nursing program. Each school has their own criteria for admission including pre requisite courses that varies among schools but typically it’s your basic level courses like English History Anatomy and Physiology ect then after you get accepted to an actual nursing program the school typically sets up all your courses for you and the corresponding clinical course where you practice the skills you learn in class. Some schools are very competitive, some have long waiting lists, some are very expensive, so it’s best to do your research for nursing schools close to your home town. Some schools offer associate degree RNs and University offer Bachelor Degree RNs. If you have the time and resources BSN is a better option and with pre requisites takes about 5 years to complete. The quickest way to get to work NICU is to find a local Level 1 Trauma Center teaching hospital that offers a Nurse externship program. These typically take new graduates and train them for around 6 months with more experienced nurses and added classroom education to make sure you are safe to work on your own. Otherwise what usually happens is you would work your way up like working on a regular medical floor first then after a year apply for pediatric floor then maybe a pediatric step down floor then apply for a NICU spot once you have several years of various nursing experience established. Every state is different and every Hospital is different but generally that’s how it works. Good Luck in school!
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