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What is the difference between a Pediatrician & a Pediatric nurse?

I know a Pediatrician is a doctor and a Pediatric nurse is a nurse. But what is the difference other than that? What does a pediatric nurse do differently than a pediatrician? And how much money would a pediatrician & a pediatric nurse make? Thanks :)

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  • 1 decade ago
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    You should be sure about the specifics of the terms you are using.

    A pediatrician is a physician, either MD or DO. They have been to 4 years of college and 4 years of medical school and a 3 year pediatric residency. They may then be certified as a pediatrician

    Then there is the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. They have 4 years of college for a BSN. Then they go to either a 24-26 month Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Masters graduate school program, or they may attend a 3 year specialized 3 year Doctor of Nurse Practice program specializing in Pediatrics. They are then certified in Pediatrics. They perform approximately 90% of the same functions as a pediatrician.

    Then there is an RN who has either a 2 or 4 year degree as a registered nurse, and may have some work experience on a pediatric unit. Most do not have any specific additional training or education in pediatrics. They perform nursing functions, with a focus on the pediatric patient.

    The salaries are as follows:

    Pediatrician average US salary $ 153,000/yr

    Pediatric Nurse Practitioner avg US salary $80000-$148,000/yr dependent on degree and experience.

    Pediatric Nurse average US salary $ 61,000/yr

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    6 years ago

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    5 years ago

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    A pediatric nurse is a nurse that works in pediatrics (4 years of school). A pediatrician is a medical doctor (10-12 years of school).

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  • 1 decade ago

    Well, nurses do things like monitor the patients, take blood pressure, give injections and medications, etc. But the pediatrician writes prescriptions, makes the diagnosis, runs tests, etc. I've read that pediatricians make somewhere between $100,000-$140,000 per year, not sure about pediatric nurses but it is quite a bit less than that.

    A pediatrician would be making more decisions while the pediatric nurse would be following the pediatrician's orders.

  • Well a doctor has a lot more schooling then a nurse.

    So therefore can do more then a nurse. A pediatrician can diagnose conditions and write prescriptions. A pediatric nurse cannot. . A pediatrician can open his/her own practise, a nurse cannot.

    Just to name a couple of things

    If you are thinking of going into peds I say it is a good choice . There is high demand for pediatric nurses in today's society , especially if you specialize.

    The money is good.

    Source(s): Nurse
  • 1 decade ago

    A pediatrician is a doctor. Doctors go to school for 10+ years before they can practice independently. They are at the top of patient care, they diagnose and prescribe treatments for patients. They make the big bucks because of all the schooling. They also end up with a LOT of student loans.

    Nurses follow the doctor orders and administer the treatments. They only go to school for 3- 5 years. Some say it takes two for associates, in reality it takes at least a year to get in. They make decent money. It is less than a doctor, but they can work before they are 30.

    Nurse practitioners are between doctors and nurses. They are RNs (registered nurses) that had additional training. THey can diagnose and prescribe treatments for basic cases, and can refer more complicated cases to a doctor. It is about 6 years in all, though you may want/ need to work some between nursing school and nurse pracitioners school.

    Physicians assistants are essentially the same thing as a nurse practitioner, but they would not necessarily be a nurse first. It is a different path.

  • 4 years ago

    What Is Pediatrician

  • 1 decade ago

    a pediatric nurse is a nurse specially trained to work with children and they are honestly pretty close to pediatritions. a pediatrition however is a full fleged doctor who has specialized in child medicine. a pediatrition can make anywhere from 90,000 to 200,000

  • 1 decade ago

    pediatrian will make 140,000" + year

    the nurse will make 40,000

    It will also cost 10 times more for schooling/education to be a pediatrician.

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