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

Pediatric Nursing Jobs in Wisconsin - WI

25% of Wisconsin's population is under 18 according to the United State's Census Bureau’s March 2009 and 2010 Current Population Survey. This is good news for those wishing to work in pediatric nursing. Wisconsin is a compact state, which eases the transition for nurses and nurse practitioners who move to the state.

WHospitals often recruit personnel from both in and out of state, an indicator of a nursing shortage in Wisconsin.  There are over 150 major hospitals and medical centers in Wisconsin for a job seeker to investigate. Saint Joseph's Hospital has three locations in addition to a regional center in Milwaukee. St. Mary's Hospital has facilities in six locations including Madison, Superior and Mequon. Other larger cities to consider for employment are Green Bay, St. Paul and Oshkosh.

The University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison has 471 beds including a children's facility. A major employer is the Aurora medical group with 10 large facilities throughout the state, including the Aurora Saint Luke's Medical Center, as well as locations in Elkhorn, Green Bay, Kenosha and an all ages psychiatric hospital in Wauwatosa This is in addition to multiple outpatient clinics.

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Programs in Wisconsin

In Wisconsin there are some 35 schools offering nursing degrees at various levels, but fewer offer master's level pediatric nurse practitioner programs instate. While some have wait lists, many do not. This situation can be ameliorated by supplementing instate training with online/distance learning. This option can also be more convenient for those whose current work make it hard to attend traditional campus based classes. It is wise to do research to find out the best route for getting a pediatric nursing degree; the best school, the best program and the best specialty for you. An experienced academic advisor can be of great help in defining the options.

There are often prerequisites for entering pediatric nursing colleges in Wisconsin. Almost all require the applicant already be a high school graduate or have completed their GED. Some programs require students to be of a certain age, usually between 22 and 24. Sometimes the age requirement can be waived for those with two or more years of previous college education or those who have an active military status. Most restrict their training programs to those who are US citizens or those who have permanent resident status. Most schools, not just online universities, need students to have access to a computer in able to complete assigned coursework.

Most nursing schools provide evidence of accreditation from either the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. A unique law in Wisconsin requires that any solicitation for a program within the state include a large type notice warning if it is not accredited and therefore not acceptable for the purpose of state licensing.

Advanced practice nurses wishing to independently prescribe medication must have proof of 45 contact hours in clinical pharmacology/therapeutics including title of course, number of hours per course and date of completion, which must be within the three years preceding the date of the application's submission. The advanced practice nurse is also responsible for continuing education requirements of 8 contact hours per year to maintain prescriptive authority.

Pediatric Nurse Salary in Wisconsin

The Department of Labor’s May 2009 Occupational Statistics Report lists an annual mean salary of $63,200 for all nurses in the Wisconsin. The same study states that the national annual mean salary was $66,530 during the same time period. These figures include all levels of RNs and nurse practitioners, so tends to be skewed low by this fact. The salary in Green Bay is estimated at $61,700.  In Madison it’s $70,280.  In Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, the salary is $62,730 and finally, the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI metro area offers one of the highest nursing salaries in the state at $75020.

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