What is a pediatric nurse practitioner?

What is a pediatric nurse practitioner?

Pediatric nurse practitioners (PNPs) are health care providers who are dedicated to improving children's health. Since 1965, PNPs have provided comprehensive care to children and families by focusing on health maintenance and education, illness prevention and minor and chronic illness management. PNPs are pediatric (registered) nurses with advanced education (usually a master's degree) in pediatric nursing. They meet state licensing, competency standards and continuing education requirements. PNPs are certified by a national certifying agency, guaranteeing expertise and competency maintenance. PNPs serve children and families in an extensive range of practice settings, and work with pediatricians and other health care providers in order to enhance the health care of children.

What do PNPs do?

PNPs serve as pediatric health care providers for well and ill children of all ages. PNPs offer a variety of services including:

  • Provide health maintenance care for children, including well child examinations

  • Perform routine developmental screenings

  • Diagnose and treat common childhood illnesses

  • Provide anticipatory guidance regarding common child health concerns

  • Provide childhood immunizations

  • Perform school physicals

What does this mean at Plateau Pediatrics?

Our nurse practitioners, Kristel Hassler, Kristin Daugherty, and Kerri Powell, are available for well and sick visits. If for any reason their patients are hospitalized, Dr. Robert, Dr. Suzanne, Dr. Chrissy, and Dr. Lauren manage their care in the hospital.