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Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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Career Overview

Pediatric nurse practitioners are advanced practice nurses who provide management of care for acutely and/or chronically ill pediatric patients. Hospitalization is frightening for a child, so the pediatric nurse specialist must know how to alleviate or assist in alleviating fears of children and their families. Children of a young age are often unable to express their emotions; therefore, it is the responsibility of the pediatric nurse specialist to be alert to and aware of unexpressed needs. Work settings include acute care settings, subacute care settings, long-term care facilities, home care agencies, health maintenance organizations, ambulatory care settings, and schools.

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS

A Bachelor of Science in Nursing, advanced practice licensure, a Master of Science in Nursing in pediatrics or family health, and pediatric advanced life support certification are required. Continuing education for maintenance of licensure is also a requirement. Certification is available from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). A certification as a pediatric clinical nurse specialist is also available from the ANCC.

CORE COMPETENCIES/SKILLS NEEDED

  • Special knowledge of growth and development
  • Knowledge of pediatric illnesses and their treatment
  • Ability to function independently
  • Ability to work with children and their families
  • Ability to set priorities and work independently
  • Ability to collaborate with other health care providers

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