The Role of a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Did you know pediatric nurse practitioners (PNPs) are very similar to pediatricians? Some have master’s degrees in nursing, while others have doctorates. Pediatric nurse practitioners work independently of pediatricians and, due to their extensive knowledge verified by certification, are allowed to directly manage the healthcare of children. This includes:          
  • diagnosing and treating all childhood illnesses
  • perform physical examinations
  • order diagnostic tests
  • counsel and educate parents and their children
  • write prescriptions
Pediatric nurse practitioners (PNPs) meet with patients from birth through age 22. This large age gap provides the practitioners with thorough knowledge of a large variety of childhood illnesses and other conditions. Practitioners pride themselves on the time they spend with families and taking care of children as they grow up into adulthood. To learn more about the important role they play in children’s healthcare, or to tell your story about a PNP that has helped your family, visit the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP).

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