A pediatric nurse practitioner (NP) is a healthcare provider who specializes in the health needs of infants, children and adolescents. Pediatric NPs practice a mix of nursing and medicine, often in collaboration with a doctor, to provide children with a wide scope of care. This includes comprehensive well-child care, as well as prevention, diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic conditions.
Pediatric NPs practice in different ways depending on the specific state, setting and specialty. You can find a pediatric NP in any setting where children receive healthcare, including doctors’ offices, schools, clinics, hospitals, and community health settings. Some pediatric NPs have private practices, while others work as part of a group practice or a hospital or clinic healthcare team. Like all healthcare providers, pediatric NPs work collaboratively with doctors and other providers as needed or required by their state.
In general, a pediatric NP:
Pediatric NPs may also be known by the following names: PNP, pediatric nurse practitioner – board certified (PNP-BC), certified pediatric nurse practitioner – primary care (CPNP-PC), primary care nurse practitioner, child nurse practitioner, pediatric nurse, and advanced practice registered nurse (APRN).
There are 19768 specialists practicing Pediatric Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) in the United States with an overall average rating of 4.1 stars. There are 264 hospitals in the United States with affiliated Pediatric Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) specialists, including Anne Arundel Medical Center, University Of Louisville Hospital and Mary Bridge Children's Hospital.