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What steps can I take to become a pediatric nurse if I work on a telemetry floor and will have my BSN within a year?

Tuesday February 18, 2014
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I am a staff RN on a telemetry floor. I have my associate’s degree and will have my BSN in a year. How do I take the steps toward becoming a pediatric nurse?

Wants to be a Pediatric Nurse

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Wants to be a Pediatric Nurse,

Start talking to any pediatric nurses you know or meet. Express your interest in becoming a pediatric nurse when you speak with them. Schedule informational interviews with them. Learn how to get the most from the experience by reading, “The scoop on informational interviewing” (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Interviewing). This is a good way to learn more about the specialty and start building professional relationships within it.

Depending on the relationship you have with your supervisor, you also might mention your long-term goal to her/him. Some supervisors will support your goals and help you reach them.

When you can, attend local chapter meetings of the Society of Pediatric Nurses (www.pedsnurses.org). When there's something you want to do it makes sense to rub elbows with those already doing it. Read “How to change specialties”

I know you're working and going to school, but if you ever have the opportunity, and the time to do nurse volunteer work with kids, even if just a one-day event, it would also go a long way to show experience and commitment to that segment of the population. Transitioning is a process so start taking steps today to create the future you desire.

Best wishes,

Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, well-known career guru, is Nurse.com’s “Dear Donna” and author of “Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional” and “The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career.” Information about the books is available at www.Nurse.com/CE/7010 and www.Nurse.com/CE/7250, respectively. To ask Donna your question, go to www.Nurse.com/Asktheexperts/Deardonna. Find a “Dear Donna” seminar near you: Call 800-866-0919 or visit http://www. Nurse.com/Events.