Pediatric Nurse Exam Practice Questions

Pediatric Nurse Exam Practice Questions (2022)

In the nursing field, you are able to advance your career by earning certifications in specialties. The Pediatric Nurse exam is designed for those nurses who have an interest in obtaining their certification to work in pediatrics. The Pediatric Nurse exam tests your knowledge of pediatric practice and your knowledge and abilities that are related to pediatric nursing.

The Pediatric Nurse exam consists of 175 multiple choice questions, which include 75 unscored items. The exam is timed for 3 hours. It costs $295 to register for the Pediatric Nurse exam; this includes a $100 non-refundable registration fee.

Pediatric Nurse Exam Practice Questions
Pediatric Nurse Exam Practice Questions

The Pediatric Nurse exam contains three content areas.

  1. Assessment
    a. Physical
    b. Psychosocial
  2. Health Promotion
    a. Identify factors that influence the health of the child, family, and/or community.
    b. Provide anticipatory guidance and education across the pediatric age continuum for the child, family, and/or community.
    c. Refer child and family to community resources.
  3. Management
    a. Acute and Chronic Illness
    b. Psychosocial/Behavioral
    c. Palliative and End of Life Care
    d. Professional Responsibilities

You will also be tested on Clinical Problems and Procedures and Interventions.


The Pediatric Nurse exam is scored using a scale score that ranges from 200 which is 0 correct items to 800 or all items are correct. A scaled score of 400 is the passing score.

Pediatric Nurse Exam Practice Questions

  1. According to Maslow, the highest level on the hierarchy of needs that people strive to achieve is:

a. safety.
b. love and belonging.
c. esteem.
d. self-actualization.

2. A 10-month-old child has been assessed for pain and has received a score of 2 on the Neonatal Infant Pain Scale (NIPS) tool. What does this indicate about his pain level?

a. He is not in pain.
b. He is in mild pain.
c. He is in moderate pain.
d. He is in severe pain.

3. The best home treatment for croup in a 2 year old is:

a. antibiotics prescribed by his physician.
b. aspirin if there is a fever.
c. cool mist humidifier or steam therapy.
d. over-the-counter cough syrups and decongestants.


D: Psychologist Abraham Maslow developed a 5-level hierarchy of human needs. The most basic are the needs for safety and protection of life, followed by being loved and belonging to a social group. These are followed by a feeling of accomplishment and self-esteem. The highest level in Maslow’s hierarchy is achieving self-actualization when a person reaches their full potential and has mastered the lower levels.

A: A score greater than 3 on the NIPS tool indicates the infant patient is in pain. The score is determined by assessing the facial expressions, respiratory pattern, and level of alertness of the child. The score can range from 0 to 7, with 7 indicating the highest level of pain.

C: A cool mist humidifier or placing the child in a steam-filled room, such as a bathroom with a hot shower running, can help to moisten the airway and thin thick mucus secretions. Antibiotics are not usually prescribed with croup unless there is another underlying bacterial infection accompanying this. Aspirin should never be given to a child due to the risk of Reye syndrome. Over-the-counter cough syrups and decongestants should not be given to children this age.

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