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 have a minimum of 1800 hours of pediatric nursing experience. CPN is a Category A certification for Magnet recognition. Over 20,000 nurses actively hold CPN certification.
Certified Pediatric Nurse 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:
- assess, analyze, plan and implement nursing interventions.
- evaluate patient outcomes.
- facilitate initial or on-going education for pediatric nurses.
- conduct research about patient outcomes or professional issues.
- provide management or leadership for pediatric nurses.
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.
Certified Pediatric Nurse 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:
- Physical and Psychosocial/Family Assessment
- Health Promotion
- Management of Illness/Clinical Problems
- Professional Role
For more details, see the body of knowledge tested by the CPN.
Related Certified Pediatric Nurse exam practice:
Free Certified Pediatric Nurse exam practice questions [40 items]
The following 40 free Certified Pediatric Nurse exam practice questions are similar to those on the examination but do not represent the full range of content or levels of difficulty. The answers to the nursing pracitce test questions are provided after the last question.
To respond to the practice questions: Click the button corresponding to the best answer for each question. When you are finished, click the “Submit” button at the bottom of the page. Your browser window will open, displaying your results, which you may print, if you wish.
This nursing practice test is not timed, and you may take it as many times as you wish.