Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in Acute Care

PNP Acute Care

Providing care for acutely and critically ill children

Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioners are responsible for promoting the overall health of chronic, acute or critically ill children. In this program, you will discover best practices to diagnose and treat acute, critical, and chronic illness in children. You will also learn to coordinate interdisciplinary models of referral, relationships, ethical behavior, conflict resolutions and the implementation of health plans for critically or acutely ill children.

The pediatric nurse practitioner major in acute care, as part of FPB’s MSN program, requires 45 hours of coursework, plus over 600 clinical hours. Graduates are eligible for the certification exam conducted by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board.

  • A dual major in Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Primary Care and Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner is available by taking only one additional course and 200 additional clinical hours.
  • Post-master’s certificates can be obtained, crafted according to individual needs and background education.
  • One year of of recent acute care pediatric nurse experience required for admission.

Sample Full-­Time Curriculum: Beginning Fall 2015

Fall Semester I
NURS 405 Inquiry I: Theoretical Foundations 2
NURS 453 Advanced Pathophysiology 4
NURS 459 Assessment for Advanced Practice 3
NUNP 410 Health Promotion 2
NUNP 401 Pediatric Development and Health Promotion 3
Total 14
Spring Semester I
NURS 425 Inquiry II: The Research Process 3
NURS 430 Pharmacology and Therapeutics for the Advanced Practice Nurse 3
NUNP 402 Acute and Common Problems of the Pediatric Patient 6
Total 12
Summer Semester I
NURS 502 Inquiry III Evidenced Based Nursing Practice 2
NURS 451 Leadership for Quality Healthcare in Systems 3
Total 10
Fall Semester II
NUNP 455 Management of Complex Acute Problems in Children I 4
NURS 444A Health Care Delivery, Legal and Ethical Issues in Advanced Practice: Ethical Issues 1
NURS 444B Health Care Delivery, Legal and Ethical Issues in Advanced Practice: Finance 1
NURS 444C Health Care Delivery, Legal and Ethical Issues in Advanced Practice: Policy and Legal 1

NURS 431

Psychosocial and Spiritual Dimensions of Advanced Nursing Practice

2

Total 9
Dual Program: NUNP 403 Management of Complex Chronic Problems in Children 5
Accumulated Total Hours 45-50
Spring Semester II: Post-MSN
NUNP 456 Management of Complex Acute Problems in Children II 5

The Advanced Practice Core courses are co-requisites or pre-requisites for the clinical nursing courses. Clinical nursing courses must be taken in the semester and sequence listed above. Clinical course availability is based upon enrollment.

Post-MSN tract will be offered to anyone who is primary care PNP certified. A gap analysis will be performed on students from other programs to assure consistency. The post-MSN Student will be required to take the acute care courses and additional clinical if needed.

Sample Full­-Time Curriculum: Prior to Fall 2015

Fall Semester I
NURS 405 Inquiry I: Theoretical Foundations 3
NURS 453 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NURS 459 Assessment for Advanced Practice 4
NUNP 410 Health Promotion 2
NUNP 401 Pediatric Development and Health Promotion 3
Total 15
Spring Semester I
NURS 425 Inquiry II: The Research Process 3
NURS 430 Pharmacology and Therapeutics for the Advanced Practice Nurse 3
NUNP 402 Acute and Common Problems of the Pediatric Patient 6
Total 14
Summer Semester I
NURS 502 Inquiry III Evidenced Based Nursing Practice 2
NURS 443A Collaboration and Consultation 1
NURS 443B Professionalism in Advanced Practice: Role Development 1
NURS 443C Professionalism in Advanced Practice: Teaching and Learning 1
NUNP 445 Management of Complex Acute Problems in Children I 5
Total 10
Fall Semester II
NURS 503 Inquiry Practicum 1
NUNP 446 Management of Complex Acute Problems in Children II
NURS 444A Health Care Delivery, Legal and Ethical Issues in Advanced Practice: Ethical Issues 1
NURS 444B Health Care Delivery, Legal and Ethical Issues in Advanced Practice: Finance 1
NURS 444C Health Care Delivery, Legal and Ethical Issues in Advanced Practice: Policy and Legal 1

Total

8

Dual Program: NUNP 403

  5
Accumulated Total Hours: 45-50

The Advanced Practice Core courses are co-requisites or pre-requisites for the clinical nursing courses. Clinical nursing courses must be taken in the semester and sequence listed above. Clinical course availability is based upon enrollment.

Post-MSN tract will be offered to anyone who is primary care PNP certified. A gap analysis will be performed on students from other programs to assure consistency. The post-MSN Student will be required to take the acute care courses and additional clinical if needed.


MSN Program Contacts

Program Director:

Latina Brooks, PhD, CNP
Assistant Professor
216.368.1196
lmb3@case.edu

Department Assistant:

Anne Watson
216.368.8858
acw@case.edu

Office of Admissions

Kristi Lehmer, Director
216.368.2529
admissionsfpb@case.edu