Advanced practice providers have higher education at the master’s or doctoral level and specialized training to provide comprehensive care to patients and families in primary, subspecialty and acute care areas. At Children’s Mercy, advanced practice providers may be pediatric nurse practitioners (PNP), neonatal nurse practitioners (NNP), family nurse practitioners (FNP), clinical nurse specialists (CNS), psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioners (PMHNP), or physician assistants (PA).
All advanced practice providers work within a collaborative practice agreement with a physician and are credentialed by the hospital in their specialty area. Advanced practice providers use evidence-based practice to provide high-quality care and promote optimal outcomes, working in partnership with the inter-professional team to translate evidence for best practice into hospital policies and procedures. Additionally, they disseminate their knowledge through presentations and publications and are active participants in research.