Any specialized education nursing included costs money. That is a fact from which we can never escape, but there are ways to reduce the cost of an education in pediatric nursing. Follow these tips for determining the cost of becoming a pediatric nurse.
Determine what type of pediatric nurse you would like to be. An LPN (or LVN, depending on your state) has limited opportunities, but costs are lower because they only need about one year of training. Becoming an RN will take around two years, but it presents more career opportunities.;
Evaluate the nursing schools in your area, and find out if they have classes geared toward becoming a pediatric nurse. Although the education is the same for any kind of nurse, youâ€™ll want to get the best education possible.;
Look into ways to reduce costs. For example, if you attend a school near your home, you can commute and you won’t incur living costs (i.e. dorms). You can also look into scholarship programs at the DiscoverNursing and the National Student Nurses Association websites.;
Make a list of all of the nursing schools you are considering and find out exactly how much each semester costs for classes alone. You will also have to look into the costs for testing (certification) and any supplies you will need for class.;
Talk with pediatric nurses who are already in school or who have graduated and find out how much it cost them to become pediatric nurses. Ask about little-known facts that you might not discover elsewhere.;
Buy your uniform at a discount. You’ll find several online stores by doing a search for â€œaffordable nurse uniform. BestBuyUniforms.com and MooreUniforms.com are two examples.
Consider schools that are near your home and which have superior reputations in nursing education.;
Think about taking classes at a community college to get the basics out of the way.;
Decide that you want to become a pediatric nurse before you begin applying to schools. If you aren’t sure yet, take classes elsewhere so that you don’t waste money.