New Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program

The University of Missouri-Kansas City has launched a new program that will allow nurse practitioners to practice as pediatric acute care specialists.

The program at UMKC’s School of Nursing and Health Studies was developed in response to needs within the community and the region, working closely with Children’s Mercy and other health care providers.

“Nationally and locally, we are seeing more acute care chronic patients in the hospital system,” said Cheri Barber, School of Nursing and Health Studies pediatric nurse practitioner program coordinator and clinical assistant professor. “After serving on several national boards of pediatric nurse practitioners, I feel that UMKC is moving forward in an effort to fill the gap and help to provide care to children in both the primary and acute care settings with the addition of this post-master’s program.”

The post-master’s degree (MSN) Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (AC PNP) program will build on the foundation of the primary-care nurse practitioner degree with additional courses specific to the specialty role.

After course work is completed, students take the AC PNP certification exam required to practice. Applications are being accepted now.

The role of the nurse practitioner began with pediatric nurse practitioners, also called PNPs, in 1965 with a primary-care focus. This early role of PNPs has expanded into the critical, acute and complex care of pediatric patients. The acute care PNP role provides family-centered and culturally respectful care for pediatric patients with acute, complex, critical and chronic illness across a variety of care settings. The certified AC PNP advanced practice nurse provides the highest level of evidence-based care for infants, children, adolescents and young adults with life-threatening illnesses.

For more information about the new Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner track, contact Barber, 816-235-6355.