Pediatric Med Surg Nurse Career Guide

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A Pediatric Med-Surg RN, or Pediatric Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse, is a specialized healthcare professional who provides essential medical care to pediatric patients who require surgical intervention or are recovering from surgical procedures. These nurses play a critical role in ensuring the well-being and recovery of young patients in a medical-surgical setting.

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To become a Pediatric Med-Surg RN, candidates need to complete an accredited nursing program and obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. This typically takes around four years. After obtaining a nursing degree, candidates must pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) to become a licensed RN.

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Related certifications

Pediatric Med-Surg RNs should possess a valid RN license and may benefit from previous experience in pediatric nursing or medical-surgical settings. Certifications such as Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) or Certified Pediatric Nurse (CPN) can enhance qualifications.

State licenses process and requirements

All 50 states require state licensure to become a professional nurse. Review the step-by-step process to obtain or renew your RN license in each one.
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This specialty demands a combination of clinical expertise and interpersonal skills. Pediatric Med-Surg RNs must be knowledgeable in pediatric care, surgical procedures, pain management and wound care. They need strong communication skills to interact effectively with young patients and their families and must be empathetic, patient and adaptable.

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Pediatric Med-Surg RNs manage post-operative care, administer medications, assess patients' conditions, collaborate with surgical teams, educate families on postoperative care, provide emotional support and advocate for patients' needs. They ensure a safe and nurturing environment for pediatric patients during their recovery.

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Pediatric Med Surg Nurse

The average salary for a Pediatric Med Surg Nurse is $2,268.44 per week.

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Pros & Cons

Becoming a Pediatric Med-Surg RN offers a rewarding and fulfilling career. These nurses have the opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of young patients and their families, helping children on their road to recovery. The field provides continuous learning and exposure to a diverse range of medical cases.

However, challenges include the emotional toll of working with sick

Pediatric Med Surg Nurse Jobs

View job details for Sitka, AKTravel ContractSitka, AKTravel Nurse RN - Pediatric Med SurgGLC On-The-Go$3,132/wk
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View job details for Sitka, AKTravel ContractSitka, AKTravel Nurse RN - Pediatric Med SurgPlanet Healthcare$2,851/wk
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View job details for Quincy, CATravel ContractQuincy, CATravel Nurse RN - Pediatric Med SurgGLC On-The-Go$2,609/wkEstimated pay package
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View job details for Statesville, NCTravel ContractStatesville, NCTravel Nurse RN - Pediatric Med SurgPHP$2,866/wk
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