Emerging issues regarding pediatric nurse practitioner education in acute and primary care

Mary Berg, Elizabeth Hawkins-Walsh, Nan Gaylord, Linda Lindeke, Sharron L. Docherty

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Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)62-66
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Pediatric Health Care
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2011

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In winter 2009, the AFPNP faced an increasing number of questions from its members and recognized the pressing need for national educational guidelines for combined primary and acute care PNP programs. The AFPNP leaders took advantage of a call for proposals from the NCSBN, and through a competitive process, a team was funded to undertake a study that would provide necessary empirical data upon which to build guidelines for dual-track PNP education. The AFPNP’s proposal was supported by the Tennessee State Board of Nursing and was funded by the NCSBN. The purpose of the study was to explore key questions about the programming needs of students wishing to be eligible for certification as both acute and primary care PNPs. The study, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Programs: A Dual/Combined Track for Acute Care and Primary Care ( Hawkins-Walsh et al., in press ) was completed in the Spring of 2010. The study and its outcomes were presented at the national meeting of the AFPNP educators at NAPNAP in April 2010. Study results provide a foundation upon which new curricular guidelines for the dually prepared PNP will be built. In so doing, the AFPNP will continue to play its historical role in establishing educational standards that support the evolving roles of PNP practice.

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  • APRN role changes
  • Acute Care PNP
  • PNP education
  • Primary care PNP

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