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What Is a Pediatric Neurological Nurse Practitioner?
Pediatric neurology (sometimes called child neurology) is the medical field that focuses on children's neurological (nervous) systems. Pediatric neurological nurse practitioners care for children aged birth through teenager, who are undergoing examination or treatment for neurological issues.
Neuroscience nursing is a specialized field, meaning that a potential nurse must first become a registered nurse (RN) by attending a college program that is approved by the state board of nursing. Following completion of this program, the nurse must take the NCLEX-RN licensure exam, and later obtain certified neuroscience registered nurse (CNRN) certification.
Child neurology nurses work with neuroscience specialists. According to the Association of Child Neurology Nurses, child neurology nurses may work in hospitals, private practices, clinics, and academic facilities. Some of the cases CNRNs may be involved with include those of patients who were born with a nervous system issue, those who have had strokes or serious injuries, and patients who are suffering from a disease that affects their neurological functioning.
|Educational Requirements||Degree in nursing, state RN license, and advanced training in neurology|
|Job Skills and Duties||Thorough understanding of the nervous system, assessing patients, helping with tests and administering treatments, assisting with MRIs and CT scans*|
|Median Salary (2019)||$120,000 (CNRNs)**|
|Job Outlook (2016-2026)||15% (all registered nurses)***|
Sources: *Everynurse.org **Payscale.com; *** U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
Training for Certified Neurological Registered Nurses
Training to become a CNRN includes receiving a diploma or degree from a state-recognized nursing program and passing the NCLEX-RN exam. After this has been accomplished, according to the American Board of Neuroscience Nursing, a nurse may take the CNRN exam after completing 1 year (or 2,080 hours) of full-time neuroscience nursing practice. CNRN recertification should be obtained every 5 years.
Neurology departments at hospitals cover many different facets to health care. According to Johns Hopkins, neuro nurses may focus on many specialties, including cerebral resuscitation, management of airway and respiratory compromise, spinal reconstruction, and monitoring of abnormal electric activity of the brain.
Pay and Benefits for CNRNs
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2018, registered nurses received a median pay of $34.48 per hour, or $71,730 per year. There was a predicted 15% increase in the number of jobs to become available to RNs in the 2016-26 time frame. Payscale.com estimated that the majority of CNRNs earned between $73,175 - $123,220 per year for women and $58,188 - $350,991 for men as of 2019.
The bulk of the CNRN nursing force in 2019 (31%) had 10-19 years of experience, according to Payscale.com. Twenty-five percent of CNRNs had been working in the field for twenty or more years. Only 21% of CNRNs had been working in the field from zero to four years. Respondents to Payscale.com's survey reported extreme satisfaction with their work.
Fields Related to Pediatric Neurological Care
There are many different professionals who work in a pediatric neurological care facility in addition to pediatric neurological nurse practitioners. According to Riley Children's Health/Indiana University Health, pediatric neurological care can include pediatric genetic counselling and pediatric neuropsychology. Read about some related careers by clicking on the links below.