What Does a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Do?
A Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) is an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) who provides comprehensive care to children from infancy through adolescence, including acute and chronic illness management, preventive care, and health education. PNPs have advanced clinical training in pediatrics and manage a wide range of health issues including physical assessments, diagnosing illnesses, ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests, initiating treatment plans, and prescribing medications.
PNPs work in a variety of settings including pediatric clinics, doctors’ offices, hospitals, and outpatient centers. They often collaborate with pediatricians and other healthcare providers to deliver holistic care. This role requires not only a deep understanding of pediatric health issues but also excellent communication skills to interact effectively with both children and their families.
As primary or specialty healthcare providers, PNPs play a critical role in promoting the health and well-being of children, guiding them through their developmental stages, and supporting families in health and illness. Their expertise and compassionate care are vital in providing high-quality healthcare for the pediatric population.