What Is a Pediatric Endocrinology Nurse?
A pediatric endocrinology nurse is a registered nurse or nurse practitioner who works with children ages 0-18 years. More specifically, a pediatric endocrinology nurse assists in the treatment of endocrine disorders. Because of the specialized nature of pediatric endocrinology, prior experience in the nursing field, particularly with children, is likely required for most pediatric endocrinology positions.
|Educational Requirements||Bachelor's degree, additional certification may be required|
|Job Skills||Strong interpersonal skills, highly organized, ability to manage a variety of stressful and potentially emotional tasks at once|
|Median Salary (2017)*||$70,000 (all registered nurses)|
|Job Outlook (2016-2026)*||15% (all registered nurses)|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
In May of 2017, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the median salary for a registered nurse (RN) in the United States was $70,000 per year, which translates to $33.65 per hour based on a forty-hour workweek. The BLS indicated that registered nurses who worked for the government or for hospitals had median wages higher than $70,000, at $75,900 and $72,070 respectively.
The BLS projected 15% growth for registered nurses from the years 2016 to 2026, which is much faster than average. While part of the growth is due to the aging population, a factor which does not impact pediatric endocrinology registered nurses, the BLS indicated that registered nurses will be needed to care for patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes, one of the main conditions that endocrinology nurses treat. Additionally, a 2017 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health showed an upward trend in newly diagnosed diabetes cases in children and teens.
Nurse practitioners (NPs), who are RNs with master's degrees, earned a median salary of $103,880 in 2017, the BLS reported. The job outlook for nurse practitioners far exceeded that of RNs, with 36% growth projected from 2016-2026. As with RNs, part of this growth was attributed to increased health-care needs among older Americans, but the BLS considered increased demand for preventive care to be a factor as well.
While BLS looks at the broad categories of registered nurses and nurse practitioners, more detailed information is available from PayScale.com. For example, PayScale indicates that pediatric registered nurses earned between $32,000 and $83,000 in 2019, with a median annual salary of $58,726. Those who had experience in a pediatric intensive care unit, or PICU, had significantly higher salaries than those without. Meanwhile, registered nurses who have endocrinology skills earned a median annual salary of $63,675 in 2019. For pediatric nurse practitioners, the median salary in 2019 was $86,864. Experience in acute care, primary care and intensive care all had a positive impact on salary for pediatric NPs.
As mentioned above, many factors affect pediatric endocrinology nurses' salaries, from the type of employer to their education level to their skill sets. Another potential factor is certification. Options are available in diabetes treatment and education as well as pediatric nursing, among others. These certifications are not required to become a pediatric endocrinology nurse, but could be mandatory for some jobs. They might also give a potential candidate preference in the hiring process as certification shows a nurse's commitment to a high standard of care.