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MS Specialty Area: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) | UCSF School of Nursing

The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner provides advanced clinical practice in the care of children, across the health and illness continuum and across practice settings. ()
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Juliana Giacomin's comment, April 3, 2014 10:33 AM
Becoming a pediatric nurse practitioner would mean that I would be working with infants, children, and adolescents. They will be able to treat children who have chronic illnesses and provide them with quality care to children that are in need of it. There is a variety of settings that PNPs will be working in as well.
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9 Nursing Skills Every Practitioner Should Possess | CAREEREALISM

9 Nursing Skills Every Practitioner Should Possess | CAREEREALISM | Qualifications, duties, & child maltreatment, pediatrics | Scoop.it
Good nurses have character and spirit. Here are nine essential nursing skills every nurse needs to provide the best possible patient care.
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Juliana Giacomin's comment, March 13, 2014 3:56 PM
There are definitely certain characteristics that nurse practitioners must have in order to be successful and deliver quality care to their patients. A nurse must have compassion and the want to care for sick and injured patients. Nurses must also have good communication, especially pediatric nurses. They must be able to communicate with the children and the families of the children. This is important when it comes to breaking bad news and helping families cope through hard times. They must also be good at critical thinking and be able to make important decisions on the spot.
Juliana Giacomin's comment, March 13, 2014 3:59 PM
Nurses must be confident as well, reassuring themselves that they have the right skills to provide the patient with the most quality health care. They must be able to pay attention to small detail and be able to adapt to all the different situations that they will be faced with. Also, sometimes their schedules are not always definite and they may be required to work all different times of the day.
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Career Center Article - Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant - What's the Difference?

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Juliana Giacomin's comment, March 13, 2014 3:37 PM
Nurse practitioners and physicians assistants are both very important positions when it comes to health care and the medical field. For the most part, both positions do the same thing in practice. Both career choices can specialize in various fields such as pediatrics or geriatrics.
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Juliana Giacomin's comment, April 1, 2014 10:16 AM
One of the main goals of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) is to provide qualitative health care to children and adolescents. In order to do this, NPs provide the child with a safe, healthy, and positive environment. NPs must have the proper qualities to help to guide the children through tough times.
Juliana Giacomin's comment, April 1, 2014 10:22 AM
Domestic violence and child abuse go hand in hand. It is estimated that about 10 million children are exposed to domestic violence yearly. In up to 60% of domestic violence cases, child maltreatment may occur. Pediatric health care providers are not able to address the problem because of many reasons. Some of those reasons include: limited training, 'psychological barriers, racial and socioeconomic factors, lack of knowledge, or shortage of time.' There are not enough effective treatment programs for children. In order for maltreatment and child abuse to be on the decrease, pediatric health care providers must be able to detect an issue when there is one and be there for the child when they need them.
Juliana Giacomin's comment, April 1, 2014 10:27 AM
Nurses and doctors need to learn how to detect the problem and intervene in the child's life before the trauma ruins their future. Pediatric nurse practitioners are in the perfect position for this. Overall, NAPNAP is an organization that promotes qualitative health for children through 'leadership, practice, advocacy, education, and research.' They encourage prevention of child maltreatment and encourage programs that help to identify and prevent it.
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Nurse practitioner (NP) : MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia

Nurse practitioner (NP) : MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia | Qualifications, duties, & child maltreatment, pediatrics | Scoop.it
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Juliana Giacomin's comment, March 6, 2014 10:20 AM
This source gives more detail on the health care services that NPs provide to patients. NPs are allowed to perform physical exams on patients, 'diagnose, treat, and manage diseases', complete certain procedures such as bone marrow biopsy. Nurse practitioners can specialize in a variety of fields. Some of those fields include but are not limited to: geriatrics, pediatrics, oncology, family practice, emergency, cardiology, and women's health.
Juliana Giacomin's comment, March 6, 2014 10:24 AM
The licensure of a nurse practitioner depends on the state that you live in. It differs from state to state. In order to become a nurse practitioner, you must have a master's degree. This is requirement in all states. As mentioned earlier, some states allow NPs to practice independently from physicians while other states require the NP to be under the supervision of a physician.
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AANP - What's an NP?

AANP - What's an NP? | Qualifications, duties, & child maltreatment, pediatrics | Scoop.it
The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) is the largest and only full-service national professional membership organization for nurse practitioners (NPs) of all specialties.
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Juliana Giacomin's comment, March 6, 2014 10:30 AM
Nurse practitioners must undergo a lot of tasks in order to become an NP. In order to be recognized by the expert health care providers, NPs must receive national certification, 'periodic peer review, clinical outcome evaluations, and adhere to the code of ethics'. NPs must be able to conduct their own research on topics and apply what they have learned to clinical practice.
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Juliana Giacomin's comment, April 2, 2014 10:29 AM
There are about 13,000 pediatric nurse practitioners in the United States. They are advanced practice health care providers that specialize with children. They must be trained to manage the position of transitioning children to adult health care providers when the time comes. There seems to be a shortage of pediatric nurse practitioners in the United States. About 600 pediatric nurse practitioners come about every year, and that number seems to be unchanging.
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Nurse Practitioner vs. Physician Assistant

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Nurse practitioners (NPs) work in a variety of settings. So do physician assistants (PAs). They can both be found in hospitals and clinics, from rural to urban practices. PAs care for a variety of conditions. So do NPs. They both treat illnesses, provide patient teaching and prescribe medications...
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Juliana Giacomin's comment, March 13, 2014 3:39 PM
Both nurse practitioners and physician assistants work in similar areas and under similar working conditions. 'Both treat illnesses, prescribe medication and provide patient teaching, often acting as the primary care provider.'
Juliana Giacomin's comment, March 13, 2014 3:43 PM
The main difference between the two positions is the training that they have to go through. Pas tend to focus on the medical aspect of healthcare and go through the proper training that provides them with that knowledge. Before becoming an NP one must have a prior nursing degree and about 10 years of experience. Also, in some states, it is acceptable for NPs to hold their own practice, but there are no states that allow PAs to hold their own practice and be without the supervision of a physician.
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Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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As a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, you'll treat babies to young adults, diagnosing illnesses and prescribing medication. You can even run your own practice.
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Juliana Giacomin's comment, March 13, 2014 3:32 PM
Pediatric nurse practitioners work with children from infancy until they reach their adulthood. Because nurse practitioners have more advanced degrees than registered nurses, they will be able to take on more responsibilities and more will be expected from them. In order to be a successful pediatric NP, one must be independent, structured, and patient-facing,
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NAPNAP Position Statement on the Integration of Mental Health Care in Pediatric Primary Care Settings

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Juliana Giacomin's comment, March 28, 2014 10:07 AM
It is very important for nurse practitioners to be there for children and provide them with support. It helps the children to be mentally healthy. Nurse practitioners should provide numerous services to children that include: 'anticipatory guidance, prevention strategies, standardized screening, early and evidence-based intervention, and timely follow-up.' One out of every four to five children has a mental health issue. Some of these issues often go undetected because due to lack of appropriate screening and identification. In addition, families sometimes seem to doubt the fact that their child may have a mental illness and do not get help. Early detection is very important when it comes to mental illness because this can help to prevent further issues.
Juliana Giacomin's comment, March 28, 2014 10:12 AM
If standardized screening were to be increased by pediatric health care providers, then the number of children that are identified with health issues would increase. Primary caretakers play a huge rule in providing the correct guidance and encouragement to children that have mental health issues. 'Pediatric primary care practice provides the optimal setting to promote the physical, developmental, and mental well-being of children and adolescents.'
Juliana Giacomin's comment, March 28, 2014 10:18 AM
Pediatric nurse practitioners are able to further their role's in the care of children with mental health issues by obtaining national specialty certification. Among the variety of things NPs should do, they should be able to properly educate families on mental health issues, be able to observe the child through adolescence into adulthood, give guidance to the child, preform proper screenings, and identify the illness at an early stage in the child's life.
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Nurse Practitioner | explorehealthcareers.org

Nurse Practitioner | explorehealthcareers.org | Qualifications, duties, & child maltreatment, pediatrics | Scoop.it
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Juliana Giacomin's comment, March 6, 2014 10:15 AM
This source tells of the different types of care that nurse practitioners can provide to all different types of people ranging in age. Nurse practitioners can provide medication to patients in all 50 states. In 26 out of the 50 states, nurse practitioners are allowed to have their own independent practices. About 15% of nurse practitioners have their own practices. The working conditions and hours of the job all depend on the practice where the nurse practitioner is working. In some practices, NPs may be on call as well as being required to work weekends and holidays, while in other practices they may not.