How to Become a Pediatric Nurse in Idaho - ID ǀ Job Description and Salary ǀ Certification and Degree Programs

Pediatric Nursing Jobs in Idaho - ID

In the United States, nursing remains the leading healthcare profession.  Despite the high demand, it also is the profession with the largest shortage of trained professionals. The State of Idaho anticipated a 37 percent increase in the number of registered nurses between 2000 and 2012.  Pediatric nurses (PNs) in Idaho must be registered nurses (RNs) with Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees, although pediatric nurse practitioners  (PNPs) must hold Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degrees.  In addition, PNPs must register with the Idaho state Board of Nursing and maintain their advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) status. Idaho offers statewide articulation agreements between various colleges and universities, which helps nursing students transfer credits from one college to another, especially for the purpose of advancing from a BSN to an MSN degree.

The Kaiser Family Foundation, in its 2008 figures, identified 39 hospitals and 79 nursing facilities in Idaho.  Among the top employers of nurses in Idaho are Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, and Saint Luke's Boise Medical Center.

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Programs in Idaho

Over a dozen nursing colleges in Idaho offer a number of associate, bachelor, and master degrees in nursing. Pediatric nursing students in the BSN programs often need to complete a year of prerequisites. Following that, eight semesters of studies cover general education courses first, then nursing-specific courses and electives.  Pediatric nurses receive preparation during the BSN program to provide quality care for children, and become eligible for the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses).  As in all states, licensure is necessary to practice nursing in Idaho.

Current registered pediatric nurses who wish to become pediatric nurse practitioners must earn their MSN degrees.  Depending on electives and clinical specialties, MSN program credit hours and clinical hours vary, but typical completion is within two years.  MSN students may complete their clinical hours in diverse healthcare settings.  Pediatric nurse practitioners must also   maintain their licenses as Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) and participate in ongoing continuing education units (CEUs).

Pediatric Nurse Salary Idaho

Pediatric nurses (PNs) and pediatric nurse practitioners (PNPs) in the state of Idaho can anticipate average annual salaries of $62,720 based on a 2010 Bureau of Labor Statistics report.  The top 10% earn $86,690.

A variety of factors influence Idaho’s pediatric nurse annual salary, including a PN’s or PNP’s level of training, years of experience, type of facility and its location.  Salaries also vary based on specific pediatric nurse or nurse practitioner positions, and any specialty within a position.  For example, pediatric critical care NPs earn more than neonatal NPs.

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