PEDIATRIC NURSE Core Competencies

As part of the Society of Pediatric Nurses Strategic Plan, the SPN Board of Directors has identified priorities to enhance the pre-licensure educational preparation and support the transition of the graduating nurse generalist into the profession of pediatric nursing through the development of core competencies for both pre-licensure and pediatric nurse residency programs.

The pre-licensure document lists evidence-based core competencies that prioritize and determine the foundational knowledge, skills and attitudes in pediatric nursing for the graduating nurse generalist.
The pediatric nurse residency document lists evidence-based core competencies that prioritize the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to begin practice as a licensed professional nurse in a pediatric acute care setting.


Note: an evaluation tool for the pediatric residency competencies is forthcoming.

Encourage Adoption in Your Institution

SPN has created customizable justification letters that you can share with leaders and decision makers within your institution to encourage adoption of the core competencies. We believe that it is vital we integrate these competencies into all nursing curriculum, as these standards help to ensure that baccalaureate nursing education provides the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to be successful within pediatrics and provide safe, quality, child and family-centered care.

Released July 2017