What do PNPs do?
From time to time we are asked the difference between nurse practitioners and physicians. This excerpt is from the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners.
Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (PNPs) are health care providers who are dedicated to improving children's health. PNPs have advanced education in pediatric nursing and health care and they serve children and families in an extensive range of practice settings. Working with pediatricians and other health care providers, PNPs have been enhancing the health care of children for over forty years.
PNPs serve as pediatric health care providers for well and ill children of all ages. Many parents choose a PNP as their child's health care provider knowing they receive individualized quality health care. PNPs may practice in a variety of settings that include but are not limited to primary care settings, such as pediatric offices or clinics, as well as acute care settings, such as hospitals, surgical centers or specialty clinics.
Primary care PNPs offer a variety of services including:
Provide health maintenance care for children, including well child examinations
Perform routine developmental screenings
Diagnose and treat common childhood illnesses
Provide anticipatory guidance regarding common child health concerns
Provide childhood immunizations
Perform school physicals
Thank you for entrusting your child's care to us. We look forward to the small role we play in the life of your child!
– Dr. Kim and Staff