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J Pediatr Health Care. 2016 May-Jun;30(3):241-51. doi: 10.1016/j.pedhc.2016.01.009. Epub 2016 Feb 13.

Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner: The 2014 Practice Analysis.

Journal of pediatric health care : official publication of National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates & Practitioners

Karin Reuter-Rice, Maureen A Madden, Sarah Gutknecht, Adele Foerster

PMID: 26878813 DOI: 10.1016/j.pedhc.2016.01.009


INTRODUCTION: Practice research serves as the certification framework for validating advanced practice roles and updating national qualifying examinations. This national study describes the current practice of the acute care pediatric nurse practitioner (AC PNP) to inform an update of the Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Acute Care (CPNP-AC) examination content outline.

METHOD: A descriptive analysis was performed of the responses of 319 pediatric nurse practitioners, practicing in an acute care role, who completed a practice survey in 2014.

RESULTS: Respondents were primarily White women with a mean age of 40 years; 75% had been formally educated as AC PNPs, compared with 48% in 2009. Regional practice was most heavily concentrated in the Southeast (28%) and Midwest (27%). Most respondents (81%) practiced in urban areas. Respondents reported spending 75% of practice time in inpatient settings. The most frequently cited areas of practice were critical care (36%), followed by emergency department (9%) and subspecialty practices.

DISCUSSION: This third analysis of AC PNP practice 10 years after initiation of the CPNP-AC certification examination demonstrates changes in clinical practice and educational preparation.

Copyright © 2016 National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Keywords: Acute care; certification; pediatric nurse practitioner; practice; professional role

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