Pediatric Nurse Practitioner And Clinical Nurse Specialist
The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program prepares advanced practice nurses to manage the care of the patient from birth to 21 years of age and their family, in a changing health care system. Emphasis is on health promotion and management of the acute and chronically ill pediatric patient. The pediatric nurse practitioner provides leadership and promotes research in development of health care services for children in the community. Graduates are prepared to be recognized as advanced practice nurses by the Texas Board of Nursing and to take Pediatric Nurse Practitioner National Certification Exams offered by National Certification Board of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and Nurses and American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Pediatric nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist are new specialties. In most cases, certification is not necessary to become a pediatric nurse. The exception to this is for the role of Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, which requires a masters degree and a certification exam that is linked to licensure and employment in the majority of states. In other cases, you may not be required by the state to gain certification, but your employer may request or require it. Not all sub-specialties have certifications available. For example, pediatric surgery nurses may hold a certification as a pediatric nurse, and/or as a surgical nurse, as there is no specific certification for pediatric surgery nurses.
This master’s specialty option prepares nurse clinicians to provide advanced nursing care across the continuum of acute care services. Graduates of the pediatric acute care curriculum have the knowledge and clinical skills necessary to provide quality, comprehensive care to acutely, critically, and chronically ill children and their families. Graduates are eligible to sit for the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board Acute Care Exam. Web-based courses may be available. Full-time, part-time, and post-master’s options are available. Nurse practitioners educated in primary care and certified nurse practitioners are eligible to apply as post-master’s students. All students must be Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certified. Pediatric Nurse Practitioner – Primary Care Option
It’s no secret that healthcare is a booming business. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), an aging population combined with medical advances that have extended life spans longer than ever have made healthcare one of the largest and fastest growing industries in the nation. Registered nurses (RN’s) comprise the largest group of health-related workers, not to mention one of the most in-demand. Among the many specializations open to RN’s, pediatric nursing is one of the most popular. If you’d like to find meaningful work, caring for sick or injured children, this could be the ideal career for you. What Does a Pediatric Nurse Do?
After obtaining a BSN from a college or university, a nurse can pursue advanced education to earn a master’s degree in nursing and become a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) or Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) in Pediatrics. Masters in nursing (MSN) progra
ms usually are two years in length for full time study or longer for part time study. After completion of the master’s degree, PNP’s and CNS’s apply to the state board of nursing for recognition as an advanced practice nurse and take their respective national exam for certification. Certification is required in many states and recommended in the others.
Upon completion of this program the pediatric advanced practice nurse will have the necessary skills to function as a pediatric nurse practitioner and participate in the primary health management of acute and chronically ill infants, children, adolescents and young adults. This program utilizes a family centered approach to facilitate the health promotion, disease prevention, and health and ability optimization of the pediatric and young adult population. Students who complete this program of study will be qualified to sit for the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner exam offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner exam offered by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB).
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