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Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care

The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Primary Care program offers one clinical specialty track which includes primary care for children with acute and chronic illnesses.  Graduates of this clinical specialty are prepared to meet the comprehensive healthcare needs of infants, children, adolescents, and their families in a variety of settings. Graduates provide comprehensive, holistic, family-centered, and developmentally based care to children and their families in rural, underserved, and metropolitan ambulatory primary and inpatient health care centers. The program prepares students to take the Nurse Practitioner certification exam administered by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB).

Just as the Family Practice Nurse Practitioner must be prepared to identify, address, and assess mundane issues in clinical practice, so too must the Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner be poised to consider the ethical issues that will commonly arise in their area. For example, what are the ethical issues involved when parents refuse routine vaccination for their children? Or how ought we best address issues of pediatric obesity, being sensitive to the child’s and family’s context? What are the social considerations for a child who must be hospitalized for long periods of time due to chronic illness? Having a framework to understand the ethical issues involved in routine decisions about the care for children will enable Emory students to be at the forefront of both clinical care and policy formation.

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