Students who pursue the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner area of study will be prepared as primary pediatric nurse clinicians providing comprehensive healthcare from birth through young adulthood by assessment, diagnosis, management, and evaluation of care. Special emphasis is placed on the knowledge, skills, and expertise to emphasize health promotion, injury and disease prevention, and management in coping with chronic illness among children.
As the health care system rapidly evolves, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 45% more demand for nurse practitioners, anesthetists and midwives between 2020 and 2030.
A range of health care entities focusing on children and adolescents seek out pediatric nurse practitioners with a primary care specialty, including family practices, school health programs, specialty care, public health organizations, teen clinics and youth-focused rehabilitation, outpatient centers and home health agencies. Potential job titles include:
- Primary care provider for children and youth
- Health care services coordinator
- Institutional health care consultant
- Research nurse
- Clinical instructor