Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care

Description

The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner specialty is designed to prepare advanced practice nurses to provide care for children from birth to 21 years of age. Since 1965, PNPs have worked with pediatricians and other health care providers to provide comprehensive care to children and families by focusing on health maintenance and education, illness prevention and minor and chronic illness management.

This concentration provides a broad theoretical and research foundation in advanced concepts of parent, child and adolescent nursing. Clinical experiences occur across a variety of acute care settings and focus on providing care to children. PNPs are qualified to perform complete physical exams, take health histories, diagnose and treat common acute minor illnesses or injuries, order and interpret lab results and x-rays, manage stable chronic illness, counsel clients and provide health education. Many may prescribe medications according to state law.

Coursework aligned with clinical experiences specific to specialization focus provides the knowledge, skills, and values inherent in the development of clinical excellence as a pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP). Students have course assignments and clinical experiences specific to the acute care area. PNP students are precepted by pediatricians or PNPs with clinical experiences in a variety of acute care settings. The concentration consists of advanced clinical practice and nursing science, built on a core of pathophysiology, pharmacology, and family-centered care.  The total concentration is 48 semester hours.

Acute care PNPs offer a variety of services including:

  • Provide care to children who are acutely, chronically, and critically ill
  • Perform in-depth physical assessments
  • Interpret results of laboratory and diagnostic tests
  • Order medications and perform therapeutic treatments in a variety of settings
  • Acute Care PNPs may practice in a variety of pediatric speciality areas, such as cardiology, dermatology, gastroenterology, and many others.

Visit the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners website for more information

Graduates of the PNP concentrations are eligible to apply for the national certification exam administered by either ANCC or PNCB. National certification is necessary to obtain advanced practice licensure in most states.

Admission

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply to this graduate nursing concentration, applicants must meet the following criteria:

1

Be a bachelor prepared nurse, having earned a BSN in nursing from an NLN or CCNE accredited institution with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for your baccalaureate degree and any subsequent graduate work

2

Be a Registered Nurse with an unencumbered license, having a minimum of one to two years full-time experience as an RN in pediatrics, critical care preferred

3

Apply to Wright State Graduate School.

The application to the Graduate School must contain:

  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended
  • Professional statement (no more than 250 words)
4

Submit an Application to the College of Nursing and Health Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care concentration

The application to the College of Nursing and Health must contain:

  • Resume
  • An essay describing a meaningful clinical situation in which you were involved and how this situation helped heighten your desire to pursue graduate education (no longer than two pages)
  • Two recommendation letters from your current or most recent supervisor or a faculty member of your BSN program or a previous employer

Current CPR + PALS documentation is required prior to the start of clinicals.

5

Provide evidence of no criminal history record on file from both a Federal Bureau of Investigation, an Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation and (if applicable) the state in which you reside for background check. Please be aware that background checks may take up to 30 days to process.  It is in your benefit to complete the background check one month prior to the College of Nursing and Health application deadline. Background checks can be done in the Educational Resource Center at 116 Allyn Hall. The results must be sent to Zane Jacks, College of Nursing and Health, 160 UH, Wright State University, 3640 Col. Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435. Information on the background check can be found here (pdf).

Application Deadline is March 15.

Keep in mind that it takes 2-6 weeks to process an application in the Graduate School. A personal interview will be required for those applicants in the final selection pool after review of submitted documents is completed. Leadership potential, motivation, ability to express ideas and opinions, conception of advanced nursing practice, diverse work and life experiences with people of different cultures are factors considered in the essays and interviews. Compatibility between expressed career goals and program goals is weighted heavily.

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Curriculum

All students are required to complete a statistics course prior to NUR 7005: Nursing Research and Evidence for Practice course.  Students can only begin classes summer or fall term.  Individualized plans, including part-time, will be developed on admission by the director of the concentration.  Please see sample curriculum plan for a full time student.

Sample Curriculum Pattern with Summer start

Year 1

Summer
  • NUR 7001 Role Development and Leadership - 2 credit hours
  • NUR 7002 Information Technology in Health Care - 2 credit hours
  • NUR 7004 Theoretical Foundations for Nursing Practice - 3 credit hours
Fall Semester
  • NUR 7102 Advanced Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan for Advanced Nursing Practice - 3 credit hours
  • NUR 7124 Advanced Health Assessment of Children and Adolescents - 3 credit hours
  • NUR 7105 Population Health - 3 credit hours
Spring Semester
  • NUR 7501 Child and Adolescent Health I - 5 credit hours
  • NUR 7123 Pediatric Pharmacology - 3 credit hours

Year 2

Summer
  • NUR 7003 Health Policy, Politics and Issues - 2 credit hours
  • NUR 7005 Nursing Research and Evidence for Practice - 4 credit hours
  • NUR 7106 Advanced Family Nursing - 2 credit hours
Fall Semester
  • NUR 7511 Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner I - 4 credit hours
  • NUR 7512 Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner II - 4 credit hours
Spring Semester
  • NUR 7513 Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner III: Practicum - 6 credit hours
  • HLT 7121 Human Genetics and Genomics for Health Professionals - 2 credit hours

Course Descriptions

NUR 7001

Course Title: Role Development and Leadership
Credit Hours: 2 credit hours
Catalog Description: This course focuses on understanding and synthesizing concepts and theories that will facilitate professional role development and leadership in advanced nursing roles.

NUR 7002

Course Title: Information Technology in Health Care
Credit Hours: 2 credit hours
Catalog Description: This course focuses on the theoretical basis of nursing and health care informatics. The model of data, information and knowledge is used to explore the basis of nursing informatics within health care. Strategies are examined for dissemination, access, retrieval and evaluation of information for professionals and consumers of health care.

NUR 7003

Course Title: Health Policy, Politics and Issues
Credit Hours: 2 credit hours
Catalog Description: Critical analysis of public policies and issues affecting nursing and health care delivery. Encompasses economic, political, social, technological, ethical and legal influences on consumers and health care providers from a global perspective.

NUR 7004

Course Title: Theoretical Foundations for Nursing Practice
Credit Hours: 3 credit hours
Catalog Description: Analysis of nursing and other selected concepts, models, and theories as related to nursing practice, administration, and education in development and application of nursing science.

NUR 7005

Course Title: Nursing Research and Evidence for Practice
Credit Hours: 4 credit hours
Catalog Description: Critical analysis of the components, methodology, and state of the art of research for nursing to plan change for best practice.

NUR 7102

Course Title: Advanced Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan for Advanced Nursing Practice
Credit Hours: 3 credit hours
Catalog Description: An in-depth scientific knowledge base is explored relevant to selected pathophysiological states across the lifespan confronted by graduate nurses. This course provides a basis for the foundation of clinical decisions related to selected diagnostic tests and the initiation of therapeutic regimens. Pathophysiology is correlated to clinical diagnoses and management.

NUR 7105

Course Title: Population Health
Credit Hours: 3 credit hours
Catalog Description: This course synthesizes methods of population assessment and planning to construct population-appropriate interventions for health care delivery systems. The focus is on safe, quality, and culturally-appropriate advanced nurse practice activities to meet emerging world needs.

NUR 7106

Course Title: Advanced Family Nursing
Credit Hours: 2 credit hours
Catalog Description: Family science and nursing theories are used as frameworks to assess and analyze family functioning including health promotion and risk identification of families experiencing health issues.  Therapeutic interventions are discussed including multidisciplinary.

NUR 7123

Course Title: Pediatric Pharmacology
Credit Hours: 3 credit hours
Catalog Description: Focuses on the prescriptive knowledge of pharmacologic agents used in the treatment of common pediatric health care problems and stable chronic disease states of children. Emphasis will be placed on indications, mechanisms of action, drug interactions, side effects and parent and child.

NUR 7124

Course Title: Advanced Health Assessment of Children and Adolescents
Credit Hours: 3 credit hours
Catalog Description: Application of cognitive processes and psychomotor skills needed for comprehensive health assessment of children and adolescents.  Emphasis on health history, physical assessment of children and adolescents.  Various instruments will be incorporated to assess growth and development issues.

NUR 7501

Course Title: Child and Adolescent Health I
Credit Hours: 5 credit hours
Catalog Description: Application of advanced practice nursing skills integrating theory, research findings, and differential diagnoses in the provision of primary and minor acute care for children/adolescents in families.  Clinical learning will incorporate use of case management and multi-disciplinary collaboration with consideration of physical, social, and psychological factors.

NUR 7511

Course Title: Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner I
Credit Hours: 4 credit hours
Catalog Description: Application of theoretical frameworks and research findings for health promotion, disease prevention, health maintenance, and health restoration for children and adolescents. Practicum focuses on advanced nursing care and multi-disciplinary collaboration for comprehensive health care across settings. Emphasis on management of acute/chronic conditions by acute care pediatric nurse practitioners.

NUR 7512

Course Title: Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner II
Credit Hours: 4 credit hours
Catalog Description: Emphasis on nursing management of complex acute illnesses and multi-system disorders for children/adolescents and their families. Clinical practicum focuses on multi-disciplinary collaboration for the delivery of comprehensive health care, in high acuity settings.

NUR 7513

Course Title: Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner III: Practicum
Credit Hours: 7 credit hours
Catalog Description: Focus is on models of practice in providing health care to infants, children and adolescents within the full scope of advanced practice (wellness, common minor health problems, and high acute and complex chronic illness). Factors influencing role development and delegation/supervision, quality improvements, accreditation standards, professional standards, and prescriptive authority will be addressed.

HLT 7121

Course Title: Human Genetics and Genomics for Health Professionals
Credit Hours: 2 credit hours
Catalog Description: This course presents focuses on the advanced study of human genetics and genomics with implications for health care professionals.   Describes mechanisms of inheritance and genetic diseases so that health professionals can recognize possible genetic or genomic abnormalities and make appropriate referrals, participate in genetic counseling, and consider ethical and legal implications.

Contact Information

Concentration Contact:

Tamara Clark, DNP, RN, CPNP-AC
Title: Director, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care
Email: tamara.clark@wright.edu
Phone: (937) 775-2576
Fax: (937) 775-4571

General Contact Information:

Wright State University
3640 Col. Glenn Highway
Graduate School
344 Student Union
Dayton, OH  45435
(937) 775-2976

College of Nursing and Health
Phone: 
(937) 775-3131
Fax: (937) 775-4571