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Advanced practice providers are educated at the master's or doctoral level and have specialized training to provide comprehensive care to patients and families in primary, subspecialty, and acute care areas. Advanced practice providers may be pediatric nurse practitioners (PNP), neonatal nurse practitioners (NNP), family nurse practitioners (FNP), clinical nurse specialists (CNS), or physician's assistants (PA). 

Currently more than 200 advanced practice providers offer expert care across the organization, expanding access for patients and families. Advanced practice providers independently lead a variety of innovative programs at Children's Mercy. Some examples are:


Ready Set Grow

Department of Pediatrics

Kathe Kraly CPNP-PC, Manager


Wound, Ostomy, Continence Team

Section of Plastic Surgery

Jennifer Osgood, APRN

Diabetes Program

Amanda Fridlington, DNP, RN, CPNP, Manager


Period of PURPLE Crying

Amy Terreros, DNP, RN, CPNP, Program Coordinator

DUCK (Dysfunctional Urologic Conditions in Kids) Clinic

Section of Urology

Dawn Foster, CPNP-PC

Sheri Shiddell, RN, MSN, CPN, PNP-BC

Mary Langston, RN, MSN, CPN, PNP-BC

NEON Infant Care Clinic

Kimberly Hunter, NNP-BC, Clinic Coordinator

Comprehensive Food Allergy Clinic

Section of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology

Jodi Shroba, CPNP-PC, Clinical Coordinator

Annual Pediatric Advanced Practice Nursing Conference

This program is designed for all advanced practice providers and registered nurses who care for pediatric patients from birth through adolescence in outpatient and inpatient health care settings.

2019 date: October 4

Children's Mercy Park
1 Sporting Way
Kansas City, KS 66111

Children's Mercy Employee Registration

Non-Children's Mercy Participant Registration

View the 25th Annual APRN Conference brochure