What Is Pediatric Nursing?

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Pediatric nurses are the same as other nurses in terms of training, but they primarily work with a pediatric population, which usually encompasses infants to children who are 17 or 18 years old. Learn about the environment that pediatric nurses work within with help from a licensed RN in this free video on nursing jobs and health care.

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Hi, my name's Kayti Brosnan. I'm a registered nurse here in Austin, Texas, and the question is: What is a pediatric nurse. A pediatric nurse is the same as any other nurse, but they're dealing primarily with the pediatric population. This is anywhere from babies to 17- or 18-year-old children. They have hospitals that specialize in this, so that you're not kind of putting those two demographics together. So you've got children's hospitals in mostly every major city. They have an ER, OR, they have NICU or oncology units that are specialized just for children. And so the cool thing about this is that everything's tapered for them. So you've got different kinds of blood sample vials. You've got different size gowns, different size beds. It's a more fun environment. There's probably a whole lot more laughter in those settings as well. So basically, a pediatric nurse is doing the same thing as a nurse that's working with adults, but it's really geared towards children.

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