The CPN exam validates knowledge and expertise of pediatric nurses beyond basic RN licensure. Eligible RNs
may have a diploma, associate's degree, BSN, MSN, or higher nursing degree and must have a minimum of 1800 hours of pediatric nursing experience. CPN
is a Category A certification for Magnet recognition. Over 19,000 nurses actively hold CPN certification.
CPNs practice in a variety of roles such as direct caregiver, charge nurse, educator, consultant, advocate, care coordinator, and administrator. Depending on their specific role, CPNs may:
Look for the acronym "CPN" in our interviews with pediatric nursing professionals
to learn more about just a few of the roles in which CPNs work.
Pediatric nursing includes health promotion, acute and chronic illness management and health restoration of infants, children, adolescents and their families.
To become certified as a CPN, nurses must demonstrate mastery of content tested in the areas of:
For more details, see the body of knowledge tested by the CPN.
CPN Practice Settings
CPNs provide evidence-based and family-centered care in a variety of settings. Examples include but are not limited to children's hospitals, community hospitals, schools, home health care, military facilities, specialty clinics, special needs day care for children, public health agencies, and primary care practices. CPNs are also college or university faculty, or administrators in children?s or community hospitals.
PNCB Certificant Code of Ethics
To support excellence in nursing practice, the PNCB assumes that every nurse certified by this organization will uphold and adhere to the Certificant Code of Ethics.
Just a few of the nearly 600 CPNs® at Children's Mercy Hospitals & Clinics.
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PNCB-certified nursing professionals work in a variety of roles and settings throughout the U.S. and beyond.
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