Pediatrics

Introduction

Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (PNPs) assess, diagnose, and treat infants, children, adolescents, and young adults in all primary care settings.

Our program prepares baccalaureate prepared RN's with at least one year of experience in pediatrics to excel as PNPs using evidence-based practice guidelines, research, and the best available evidence to determine treatment plans. Students are encouraged to be active participants in classroom and clinical settings and to be involved in national NP organizations. Students have opportunities to become engaged in scholarly activities and have presented their findings at national conferences. Students graduate with either an MS or DNP degree and are eligible to take the national certification examination offered by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB) to become a certified pediatric nurse practitioner (CPNP).

NYU Meyers PNP graduates are employed throughout the United States and recognized as leaders in pediatric healthcare. PNPs are strong advocates for healthcare policies designed to improve the health and well-being of all pediatric/adolescent and young adults.

 

Highlights

  • Direct contact and interactions with expert pediatric faculty throughout the program
  • Interactive educational experiences supported by the principles of problem-based learning to develop critical thinking and case analysis skills
  • Clinical placements with expert certified PNPs in primary and specialty care settings
  • Individualized attention to develop personal strengths and goals
  • Engage in Clinical Simulation experiences with Standardized Patients to assure mastery of content relevant to pediatric clinical practice
  • Opportunities for interprofessional education and clinical practice
  • Graduates have entry-level expertise in the delivery of evidence-based healthcare
  • Graduates are prepared to be effective team members in population-based quality improvement projects

 

Goals

  • Analyze the physical, emotional, behavioral, social, and economic impact of treatment planning on culturally diverse clients using a family-centered framework
  • Participate in collaborative practice with other healthcare professionals in designing a comprehensive approach to acute and chronic care of infants, children, adolescent, and young adults
  • Critique clinical practice guidelines, relevant research, and quality improvement studies to determine best practices for the care of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults who present for primary or episodic healthcare visits
  • Evaluate leadership and advocacy roles of PNPs in influencing health policy and healthcare delivery systems on children and families across diverse settings
  • Develop professional writing and scholarly presentation skills
  • Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning to maintain clinical competence in an ever-changing healthcare environment

 

Practicum Opportunities

  • Clinical placements are arranged by faculty for each student to achieve their personal and professional practice goals
  • Students have placements in pediatric primary care clinical practices and in pediatric specialty practices, e.g., pediatric pulmonary, cardiovascular, oncology, endocrine, musculoskeletal settings
  • Students have one-to-one experiences in clinical settings with expert pediatric nurse practitioners who guide and evaluate student learning in conjunction with the Program Director to assure individual student success in each clinical course and upon graduation

 

Program Outcomes

  • Preparation to successfully sit for the primary care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner national certification examination offered by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board
  • Meet NYS and all state requirements for licensure as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Meet State and Federal requirements to obtain a DEA number upon graduation
  • Meet State requirements to obtain prescription privileges upon graduation
  • Prepared to practice as a PNP within the licensure authority of any individual state boards of nursing, evaluating patients, diagnosing, ordering, and interpreting diagnostic tests, initiating and managing treatment plans, including prescribing medications