How to Become a Pediatric Nurse in New Jersey - NJ | Job Description | Career | Certification

Pediatric Nursing Jobs in New Jersey - NJ

Per statistics provided by the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP), in 2010 there are 2,284,107 children up to the age of 19 currently living in New Jersey. NAPNAP reports that there are just 679 pediatric nurse practitioners licensed in the state to treat these children. It is evident that there is a need for more pediatric nurse practitioners in New Jersey. If you would like to know how to become a pediatric nurse in New Jersey, read on.

Pediatric nurse practitioners, or PNPs, treat both sick and healthy children and adolescents. A career as a pediatric nurse practitioner in New Jersey is possible if you have a license to work as a registered nurse in the state, as well as graduate-level training and national certification. You must complete a master’s or post-master’s level advanced practice nursing program and pass one of the national certification Advanced Practice Nurse Examination in Pediatrics at the highest level.

Licensed PNPs are called advanced practice nurses in New Jersey and may use the credentials R.N., A.P.N., C. behind their name. There are 17 specialties in advanced practice nursing approved by the New Jersey Board of Nursing, and pediatrics is one of them. PNPs have prescriptive authority in the state; that is, the ability to write prescriptions for medications in the course of treating children and adolescents.
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