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Who are pediatric-focused advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs)?

Pediatric-focused APRNs is a broad term that includes pediatric nurse practitioners (PNPs), family nurse practitioners (FNPs), clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) and other APRNs who care for children. Regardless of specific titles, all are advanced practice registered nurses and healthcare providers dedicated to improving children’s health in primary, acute and specialty care settings. We have been providing quality health care to children and families for more than 40 years in an extensive range of practice settings, such as pediatric offices, in-patient hospitals, specialty clinics, school-based health  centers and urgent and convenient care clinics, reaching millions of patients across the country each year. APRNs spend significant one-on-one time with patients and families.

What do pediatric-focused APRNs do?

PNPs and their fellow pediatric-focused APRNs serve as pediatric health care providers for children of all ages. Many parents choose an APRN as their child’s health care provider knowing they will receive individualized quality health care focused on the long-term well-being of the child and the family. APRNs offer a variety of services including, but not limited to:

  • Manage acute, chronic, and critical pediatric illnesses
  • Provide pediatric health care maintenance, including well child exams
  • Diagnose and treat common childhood illnesses, such as allergies, otitis, and acne
  • Screen and manage mental health illnesses in children and adolescents
  • Perform in-depth physical assessments
  • Perform therapeutic procedures in a variety of settings
  • Prescribe medications and medical equipment
  • Order and interpret results of laboratory and diagnostic tests
  • Provide anticipatory guidance regarding common child health concerns, such as nutrition and obesity
  • Provide behavioral counseling in areas such as school failure, ADHD, and risk-taking behaviors
  • Coordinate pediatric healthcare homes
  • Perform developmental screenings
  • Perform school physicals
  • Provide childhood immunizations

Resources for Students

NAPNAP Career Resource Guide

Don’t miss this extensive resource as you begin your pediatric-focused advanced practice nursing career. 

NAPNAP Career Connection Job Center

Look for potential new jobs in your area on NAPNAP's Career Connection Job Center website.

Free Nursing Scholarships and Grant Resources

NursingScholarship.US provides free scholarship & financial aid resources to students who are preparing for a career in nursing. Learn more

NP Student - Pediatric Provider Resources

NP Student aggregates the web’s best sites, tools and guides to help pediatric providers increase their clinical knowledge and resource lists. Interested in sharing your own resources? The site periodically accepts contributors, feel free to contact the webmaster at NP Student for more information.

NCLEX Review Courses

NCLEX Review from Elsevier Health - http://www.us.elsevierhealth.com/Nursing/Review-NCLEX/

PNP Certification Review Manuals

NAPNAP is pleased to offer an online PNP Certification Review Manual. Visit PedsCESM to order.