The Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) specializing in pediatrics delivers health care to all individuals younger than 18-years old. The APRN provides diagnose sicknesses, prescribes medication and performs annual checkups, in addition to requisitioning patient testing and consulting with clients and their family members.
The APRN will work in partnership with faculty physicians, fellows, residents, and other Pediatric Pain Management Center staff to coordinate and support clinical operations by providing care for pediatric patients with epidural, intrathecal, or peripheral nerve infusion pumps, completing inpatient consultations and daily management, participating in interprofessional outpatient evaluations and managing outpatient follow-up. May participate in a program of scholarly research activity directed toward improved understanding of the causes, detection, and treatment of diseases. Complete data collection and participate in presentations of research findings. Duties include:
Provides health and medical care for children from birth through their late teens.
Provides expert care to patients while working with the family to address their concerns, fears, problems, and options.
Identifies changes in a childs signs and symptoms and intervene in emergent situations.
Maintains privacy and confidentiality in nurse/child relationships.
Differentiates between normal and abnormal physical findings.
Serves as a child advocate
Participates in activities to manage a childs pain.
Analyzes situations to anticipate pathophysiological problems and detects changes in status.
Administers medication using age-appropriate guidelines.
Determines a childs needs related to pain management.
Evaluates a child for signs and symptoms of abuse.
Provides supportive care to dying children
Others frequent activities include involving the child and family in the plan of care, determining the childs needs based on analysis of symptoms, and determining a childs needs related to growth and development.
Conduct physical examinations
Document the patient's history and physical and provide a treatment plan
Work on all appropriate medical record documentation and ensure the patient's medical record is comprehensive and accurate
Work with physicians in providing follow-up care to patients via phone or MyChart
Independently evaluate new patients in the clinic and follow-up visits
Use scheduling template to schedule own patients' workload
Document plan of care in medical record (EMR)
Communicate with referring providers by phone, e-mail, fax
Respond to prescription refills and refill/justification for durable medical equipment
Track laboratory results, culture results, and arrange for initiation of treatment or changes in treatment
May require some evening and weekend work.
Nurse Practitioner or Clinical Nurse Specialist with prescriptive authority
Board Certification as an APRN in pediatrics
Completion of a Master's Degree in Nursing
Current license with Oregon State Board of Nursing as PNP or CNS
3 - 5 years previous experience in Pain Management specialty, hospital ward, or pediatric practice setting.
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
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