Essay on Becoming A Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

1175 Words Nov 25th, 2015 5 Pages
From a young age, I could remember that infamous question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I wasn’t your typical little girl who’d just want to be a princess or a fairy, I always wanted to be something in the medical field with the exception of wanting to be a chef. I’ve bounced around from wanting to be an ultrasound tech, to a dermatologist and finally came to the conclusion that I want to be a pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP). I’ve always enjoyed working with children and the medical aspect of it has always intrigued me as well. Here is why I want to major in nursing. Nurse practitioners (NPs) are advance practiced registered nurses (APRNs) who often focus on specific areas or populations that include pediatrics, women’s health, geriatrics, and also mental health. Their specialized education and clinical training allow them to perform task that RNs aren’t licensed to do. Nurse practitioners may also complete an advanced degree program that allows them to practice independently and take on the role of a doctor. Pediatric nurse practitioners work with people under the age of 18. They are responsible for diagnosing and treating chronic disease, injuries, illness and infections. They work closely with physicians and other healthcare professionals. The median annual salary for this job is $97,990 a year according to the bureau of labor statistic. Of course that wage will vary depending on what type of facility you choose to work in. The top 90% of the people…

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