The Certified Pediatric Nurse (CPN®)

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 meet one of two pediatric nursing experience eligibility pathways. CPN is a recognized certification for Magnet designation/redesignation. Over 20,000 nurses actively hold CPN certification.

CPN Role

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.

CPN Competencies

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 600 CPNs at Children's Mercy Hospitals & Clinics.

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