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Five Reasons to Pursue Your Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Degree

Choosing to specialize in pediatrics as a registered nurse is an opportunity to pursue both professional growth and personal fulfillment as you will help to deliver exceptional care to your community’s youngest patients.

Are you ready to embark on a remarkable journey that combines compassion, expertise, and the potential to leave a lasting impact on your community? Imagine a career where every day brings new opportunities to make a difference in the lives of your community's youngest and most vulnerable patients. If you're drawn to the world of pediatric care, then enrolling in a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) degree program is your ticket to a fulfilling and impactful profession. 

Choosing to specialize in pediatrics as a registered nurse is an opportunity to pursue both professional growth and personal fulfillment as you will help to deliver exceptional care to your community’s youngest patients. 

Embarking on a career as a PNP will also open doors to a variety of nursing opportunities. As a PNP, you have the power to make a profound impact on the lives of your patients and their families. 

Is your finger hovering over the ENROLL button? Here are five more reasons to start your journey to earning a PNP degree:

Live Your Own Best Life

If you crave greater fulfillment in your professional life, pursuing a PNP degree can pave the way for long-term success and satisfaction. According to EveryNurse, 92% of pediatric nurses express satisfaction or high satisfaction with their work, surpassing the 84% rate among all registered nurses. This heightened level of contentment often translates to a healthier work-life balance. By earning a PNP degree, you harness the ability to positively transform your daily life in a multitude of ways.

Invest in Higher Earning Potential

 Earning a PNP degree makes you a stronger candidate for advanced practice roles, leadership positions, and higher earning potential. Pediatric nurse practitioners can make twice as much as the average wage for all workers nationwide. Healthcare organizations appreciate and reward the expertise of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, offering competitive compensation packages for those with a PNP. By obtaining your degree now, you position yourself for immediate and long-term career growth and future financial stability. 

Create Career Flexibility and Versatility

When you earn a PNP, you’re equipped to work in a variety of healthcare settings, including hospitals, clinics, schools, and community health centers. This versatility allows you to choose a work environment that aligns with your interests and lifestyle. Additionally, the skills and knowledge acquired through a PNP degree can also be transferable to other areas of healthcare or provide a foundation for further specialization in the future.

There Is No Better Time to Start

The ongoing healthcare shortage has resulted in dire demand for people to answer the call and support our communities nationwide as soon as possible. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for nurse practitioners includes a 46% growth rate by 2031. Additionally, less than 2.5% of the more than 355,000 licensed nurse practitioners in the United States are certified in pediatrics. This scarcity presents a prime opportunity to earn a degree where you can feel confident in your hiring potential post-graduation. 

Become Prepared & Have A Path to Level Up

Going back to school will only elevate the quality of care you provide to your patients. Herzing University offers two comprehensive PNP programs that are quick and convenient without sacrificing value in impact. The career-focused curriculum is created to reflect real-life situations that PNPs will face, effectively arming them for their future responsibilities and giving them the confidence they need to flourish. Plus, at any point in the future, you can return to claim additional degrees or certifications to help you elevate your skills and advance in your career.

Now is the time to step into a career where you give back to the community’s youngest and most vulnerable patients — children! Place yourself on a new and exciting pathway to success by pursuing a PNP degree from Herzing University. By becoming a PNP, you can help improve access to quality healthcare for children in need. Discover how this decision can make a difference in the lives of you and those around you, leaving an impact that will be felt long after they leave your care.

Learn More About Our Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Degree


* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics 2022 / Occupational Outlook Handbook 2022. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salaries. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography market in which you want to work and degree field, will affect career outcomes and earnings. Herzing neither represents that its graduates will earn the average salaries calculated by BLS for a particular job nor guarantees that graduation from its program will result in a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth.

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