Job Title: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Type of Company: I work for a public university and a community health center.
Education: BS in Nursing Skidmore College MeD in nursing education Teacher's College - Columbia University EdDin curriculum and education Teacher's College - Columbia University
Previous Experience: I have worked as a pediatric nurse practitioner in a community health center and I have taught pediatric nursing, started the pediatric nurse practitioner program and run it now. I also teach informatics and health policy.
Job Tasks: My primary responsibilities are teaching four courses to graduate nursing students. The usual courses are health policy, informatics, pathophysiology and the pediatric nurse practitioner clinical courses.
In the health policy course, students learn about the issues and nursing and how the nursing profession is influencing legislators to pass certain health care legislation. They visit community meetings, elected officials, and write letters to the editor regarding important topics.
I see pediatric patients at the health center and run our immunization tracking program which means identifying children who are not up to date with immunizations. I see children who are ill with minor acute illnesses, treat them, follow up and try to prevent future illnesses. I also do well child exams.
I prepare course materials teach on line or in the classroom, supervise students in their clinical experiences, i.e. go to the clinical sites where students work with their preceptors and discuss their practice, goals and how they are currently meeting them.
I also write and grade exams and papers. I see students for counseling and advice regarding academics and practice issues. I help them plan and monitor their academic progress and proceed to their graduation.
I input and teach others how to input data into our state immunization tracking system and send reminder letters to parents of children who are not up to date with immunizations.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best parts of the job are working with students and patients and working with students to develop academic skills and develop expertise in their role in working with children. Also working with parents is also very interesting and helping them to understand their child's growth and development and how to help them become and stay healthy
Job Tips: Get a good background in science and politics. Do not be afraid to use technology. The more skills you have along with your nursing or other professional degree the more marketable you are going to be and probably the more that you will find your job enjoyable and challenging.
Do not be afraid to do what you love and brings you personal satisfaction even though it may not be as monetarily rewarding as other careers.
Additional Thoughts: Make sure that you find multiple opportunities to write and opportunities to speak in front of a group. This is very important in the success of any profession.
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