Job Title: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Type of Company: I am employed by a regional health care system, but I provide primary care in an office setting.
Education: BS in Nursing (BSN), Fairfield University MS, Northeastern University
Previous Experience: I worked as a staff nurse on a pediatric inpatient unit before I went to graduate school. I currently have worked for 16 years in a pediatric primary care office.
Job Tasks: I work in a pediatric primary care office. I see children between the ages of birth to 21. I see children for checkups and for sick visits. I prescribe medications and order lab tests and x-rays when necessary. I diagnose conditions and illnesses. I teach parents and their children how to stay healthy. My typical day starts at 9 AM and should end at 5 PM, but most days I am there past 5 PM. I have my own schedule separate from the doctors that work in my office. If a patient has a question I can not answer, then the doctors are there to help out. I also spend time on the phone giving out advice to parents that have questions about their child's health or behaviors. Sometimes I also get involved with a child's school (i.e. talking to the school nurse, the teachers or the guidance counselors) about how a child's health condition could affect their success in school.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is getting to watch children grow from babies to adults. I also get to know them well and hopefully make a difference in their lives (i.e. making good health choices). Another best part of my job is the people I work with. We work well as a team. We help each other out a lot.
The worst part of my job is that I have to try to stay on schedule. I have only so many minutes for an appointment and sometimes things come up that are more complicated than the time allowed.
1. You need to like science if you are going to go into health care.
2. You need to have good people skills. You need to like talking and listening to people. You need to be able to respect that people come from many different cultures and they have different beliefs about health.
Click the Visit School Site buttons to go directly to a school's website and learn more about the school and programs it has to offer. School website will open in a new tab. .
Click the Request Info buttons to request more information from a representative at the school
Grand Canyon University - College of Nursing & Health Care Professions. Online & Campus - Bachelor's and Master's Degrees!
West Coast University
About Brightwood College
Brightwood College offers accelerated programs that combine flexible schedules and professional instruction to create a rewarding learning experience for individuals focused on gaining the skills for specific careers. Brightwood College is owned and operated by Education Corporation of America.
Unitek College™ is a privately held vocational school dedicated to helping you gain the skills needed to advance your career or begin a brand new career.
Turn your talents into a career at nationally recognized and accredited Platt College.
100% Online & No Standardized Testing
Earn your graduate degree online with Northcentral University.
Sacred Heart University Online
With over 80 years of academic achievements, Jacksonville University is a traditional, longstanding institution consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of America's best colleges.
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota's Online Master's Programs
At Saint Mary's, we take pride in offering online graduate degrees designed to complement the schedules of working adults like you. Get an affordable, convenient education from a top-ranked university that's grounded in real-world applications.
The inside stories from people actually working in the field.
Click a story title to show the story, and click the title again to hide it.
Career Stories are concise, real-world career overviews written by people relating their personal career experiences and wisdom. They provide invaluable insights and mentoring advice to students and career changers.
Most stories include:
Please also see our detailed information about Registered Nurses, including: