Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Role
The scope of practice of the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner includes providing direct patient care management such as performing in-depth physical assessments, interpreting results of laboratory and diagnostic tests, ordering medications, and performing therapeutic treatments in a variety of settings (NAPNAP, 2004).
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner – Acute Care
The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner—Acute Care focuses on the management of children with complex acute and chronic health conditions within the hospital or pediatric acute care setting. This includes providing care for children from birth to 21 years with life threatening illnesses and organ dysfunction or failure, negotiating health care delivery systems, monitoring and ensuring the quality of health care practice, providing family centered care, and demonstrating cultural competency.
Certification & Career Opportunities
Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the Pediatric Nurse Certification Board (PNCB) Acute Care certification exam. Graduates have opportunities to practice in a variety of acute care settings including emergency departments, subspecialty clinics, hospitals and intensive care units.
Clinical hours will be completed in among several greater Cincinnati and regional pediatric acute care centers. Experienced pediatric preceptors will work one-on-one with students and along with pediatric specialty faculty, will guide students through their practicum experiences.
Program of Study
The plan of study for the program is determined upon a student’s acceptance and matriculation into the program and is based upon the student’s previous MSN coursework.
As mentioned above, the plan of study is highly individualized. For an idea of the courses that may be required, review the schema for the Pediatric NP - Acute Care DNP hybrid program.
Additional information on the role of the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner—Acute Care may be found through national organizations such as:
- The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
- The Pediatric Nurse Certification Board
- American Nurses Credentialing Center
- The Association of Faculties of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
- The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties
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