Pnp Corner

Identification of children at high-risk for MIS-C

July 17, 2020

Every pediatric provider including pediatric nurse practitioners and pediatric nurses working in hospital or in outpatient settings must know the various ways children and adolescents may present with possible COVID-19 symptoms. They must also know which patients are at high risk of developing multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C).

Delivery of primary care services amid the COVID-19 pandemic

June 23, 2020

COVID-19 has wrought many changes, including how medical practices provide care and keep patients safe.

Severe COVID-19 in children: Now termed MIS-C

May 26, 2020

It was initially thought that children were primarily unaffected by COVID-19 and were asymptomatic carriers if they did have the disease. The rise of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) has radically changed this thinking.

COVID-19 remains a major threat to our nation’s health and well-being

April 23, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage, but many questions remain. Questions like: How are children coping with the trauma many families are currently experiencing in their family lives? Are schools and pediatric offices prepared to help children and adolescents cope with their losses?

Our world is upside down-COVID-19 is the culprit

March 23, 2020

The world in which we live, work, socialize, learn, and play has turned upside down and is spinning out of control, directly related to COVID-19. Numerous questions have emerged and more emerge every day: How do we make sense of our world that changes direction within a millisecond of time?

Don’t forget the value of the PNP on the cystic fibrosis team!

February 24, 2020

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is an emotionally and medically complex disorder. Advancements on the care management for children with CF are very promising. Pediatric nurse practitioners are a critical part of that team.

Are the issues and attitudes PNPs have similar to or different from pediatricians?

January 28, 2020

I believe that professional practitioners survey results/research, and especially comparative survey results, offer professionals and professional organizations opportunities to make impactful change, and, in this case, changes that can improve health care delivery for infants, children, adolescents, and their families.

Advocate for removal of toxic heavy metals in baby foods

December 19, 2019

As advocates for child health, PNPs should actively support the Healthy Babies Bright Futures recommendations to create public health policies that ensure food safety and the removal of toxic heavy metals from infant and toddler food supplies. In fact, our advocacy should go beyond the infant food supply to all foods, to protect the health and well-being of all individuals regardless of age. Toxic metals should not be a part of anyone’s daily dietary intake.

Educational updates help improve pediatric healthcare outcomes

November 25, 2019

Pediatric educational and policy conferences are always special, providing opportunities to update knowledge and practice skills; introduce new practice guidelines with rationales for evidence-based changes; present the most recent research findings that have the potential to improve practice and healthcare outcomes; and unequalled opportunities for networking.

Providers need to consistently implement immunization schedules

October 21, 2019

The evidence is clear: Practitioners who fail to administer immunizations according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices schedules results in adverse outcomes for children and adolescents who are needlessly exposed to vaccine preventable diseases.