Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Scope of Practice
The Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP-AC) is an advanced practice nurse specializing in the care of hospitalized children. The PNP-AC has acquired 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 physical assessment, diagnosis, disease management, patient and family education, discharge planning and the restoration of health. The PNP-AC practices in a variety of settings as a member of the interdisciplinary health care team, collaborating with other health professionals to provide comprehensive 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
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.
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