A pediatrics advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP) is responsible for providing specialized nursing duties to patients who are children. This person primarily works in a hospital, and the hours vary greatly because nurses are needed around the clock. This position requires a bachelor’s degree in nursing, as well as secure licensure as a registered nurse. Upon completion of two years in practice, an ARNP must then complete a master’s program and a state licensing examination.
A pediatrics ARNP can work with any patient under the age of 18 in the pediatric ward of a hospital, including neonatal patients. Depending on the situation, a pediatrics ARNP may work with their own patients and make decisions about their individualized treatment. This person assists with all aspects of patient care, including diagnoses, treatment, and consultations. A pediatrics ARNP can work in both inpatient and outpatient situations and may work as part of a team or independently. This person is responsible for conducting physicals and can serve as a patient’s primary health provider; some ARNPs are able to prescribe medication. A pediatrics ARNP will assist the families of sick or chronically ill children, as well as provide information to the parents on how to care for the child at home. This person should be highly attentive to detail, organized, and have a genuine love for children. This position is for people who are dedicated to their patients and their well-being, including an innate sense of enthusiasm and warm heart.
Pediatrics Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) Tasks
Order and interpret test results and recommend treatment of patients.
Conduct complete physicals, provide treatment and counsel patients.
Prescribe therapy or medication with physician approval.
Administer therapeutic procedures.
Provide physicians with assistance during surgery or complicated medical procedures.