Pediatric nurse practitioners (NP) are an important part of the health care team. The practice of nursing is a dynamic and ever-changing industry, and pediatric nurse practitioners are no different. In order to remain current in this ever-changing field and to provide the best patient care, you need to stay abreast of the changing needs of your patients. A bachelor’s degree in nursing or a related medical specialty such as pediatrics, geriatrics, psychiatric nursing, or physical or occupational medicine is required by most NP schools. Post-bachelor’s degrees include nursing minors and pre-nursing courses. You can even earn an advanced degree such asMSN(PEDN), ANP(Pediatric), or NNP(Children). As a pediatric nurse practitioner, you’ll help guide patients through the basics of child health. You’ll work with other health care professionals, including registered nurses, clergy members, and physician assistants to meet the unique needs of individual patients. Nurse practitioners work in hospitals, primary care practices, specialty practices such as pediatrics, and freestanding outpatient clinics.
What you’ll do as a pediatric nurse practitioner
As a pediatric nurse practitioner, you’ll provide a full range of patient care. You’ll collaborate with other health care professionals, including physicians, physician assistants, registered nurses, and occupational, physical, and speech therapists. In addition, you’ll work with social workers, dietitians, and health educators to meet the unique needs of individual patients.
Principles ofpatient care
In order to provide the best patient care, you need to know about the patients you see. That’s why you should understand the principles of patient care and how they apply to each type of patient. You’ll learn about communication, toileting, healthy eating, sleep, and body development among others through on-the-job training. To provide the best patient care, you need to maintain up-to-date knowledge in the following areas:
In order to provide the best newborn care, you must be well-versed in neonatal skills. You’ll train in newborn care, including the assessment and management of neonatal symptoms and conditions. Additionally, you’ll provide interventions to improve fetal and newborn well-being, such as positive pressure ventilation and positive-pressure natural gas (N2O) purging.
You’ll work with adolescents in a variety of settings, including school, home, and the clinic. You’ll help teens understand and cope with a variety of life experiences, including depression, anxiety, stress-related illness, self-esteem issues, and eating disorders. Your knowledge of psychology, counseling, and stress management will help you identify and deal with symptoms and problems among teens.
In addition to patient care, you can also engage in research, development, and educational activities. To continue to grow as a practitioner, you should complete additional training to acquire additional skills and expand your horizon of knowledge.
Research and development
Advanced practice nursing training is designed to enable you to participate in research and development as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN). You’ll work with researchers and developers to study new treatments and prevention methods. You’ll also help them to understand the barriers that exist within the nursing community that may be preventing research and development from taking place.
As a member of the American Nurses Association (ANA) family, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) supports policies and actions that promote patient care and protect the quality of care provided. To maintain your membership in the AANP, you must commit to following the highest professional standards, including maintaining your eligibility for practice and adhering to all applicable laws, rules, and recommendations of the American Health Code.
The job of a pediatric nurse practitioner is to support the health of children, adolescents, and young adults through effective and appropriate patient care and education. In order to be the best nurse practitioner you can be, you need to stay up-to-date on the latest research and developments in pediatric health care. You also need to have a great deal of patience as you work with children and adolescents. With a bachelor’s degree in nursing or a related medical specialty and some on-the-job training as a pediatric nurse, you can begin your career as a pediatric nurse practitioner.