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Role of the advanced practice nurse
Advanced Practice Nurses
A pediatric nurse practitioner is a nurse who holds a master's degree in nursing, is certified in his or her specialty, such as pediatrics or family practice, and received additional training to provide a wide range of services for patients. Nurse practitioners work with the physicians and other colleagues from Children's Hospital of Wisconsin to plan and provide excellent, individualized care to children and families.
Nurse practitioners have the education and skills to perform physical exams, order lab tests and X-rays, diagnose and treat health problems, prescribe medications, and help improve the health and well-being of the patients and their families through education.
Why see a nurse practitioner?
- As partners in specialty practices, nurse practitioners help ensure there are sufficient care providers to keep the wait time from referral to appointment to a minimum.
- A nurse practitioner works closely with your specialty physician to plan and provide care, ensuring there is more than one care provider who knows your child and family. In many cases, a nurse practitioner can spend more time with you than a physician can, teaching you about your child's illness and answering your questions.
Benefits for patients and families
- Children's Hospital of Wisconsin has been awarded the prestigious Magnet Recognition Award from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Magnet designation is given to health care organizations that are able to demonstrate excellence in nursing. This honor is bestowed on only one percent of the hospitals in the world.
- Nurse practitioners are partnering with physicians not only to provide direct care but also to engage in program development, create and provide education to clinic and hospital staff and children and families, and engage in quality improvement and research with multidisciplinary colleagues.