Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Scope of Practice
The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) is an advanced practice nurse specializing in pediatric health care. PNPs acquire advanced knowledge and clinical skills in child health care, enabling them to provide a broad range of services for children from birth through adolescence. The focus of these services is on health promotion, disease and disability prevention and the restoration of health. The PNP practices in a variety of settings as an interdependent member of the health care team, collaborating with other health professionals to provide health care services to children.
In 2004, the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners expanded the scope of practice of the PNP to include the provision of care to acute, chronic and critically ill children and developed a specific certification exam.
Credentials and Certification
Graduation from the PNP Master of Science in Nursing specialty prepares you for licensure and “approval to practice” as a Registered Nurse (RN) in every state. Both PNP and ACPNP graduates, who entered the specialty as RNs, are eligible to sit for examination for the applicable certification, and eligible for prescriptive authority in all 50 states, with restrictions as specified by each state. Visit Credentialing and Certification for specific information.
Functions Performed by the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
In addition to general functions performed by the Advanced Practice Nurse, the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner may also provide these functions.
|Primary Care PNPs
||Acute Care PNPs