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What is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner?

Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (PNPs) are advanced practice nurses who have additional education and training beyond that of a registered nurse (RN). PNPs are dedicated to improving children's health and serve children and families in an extensive range of practice settings. Working with pediatricians and other health care providers, PNPs have been enhancing the healthcare of children for over forty years.

Primary care PNPs offer a variety of services including:
  • Health maintenance care for children, including well child examinations
  • Routine developmental screenings
  • Diagnosing and treating common childhood illnesses
  • Anticipatory guidance regarding common child health concerns
  • Providing childhood immunizations
  • Performing school physicals and sometimes in-depth physical assessments
  • Interpreting results of laboratory and diagnostic tests
  • Ordering medications and perform therapeutic treatments in a variety of settings
National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners Website