Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Acute Care Certification

The demand for Acute Care Certification is rapidly increasing across the United States. Texas, Arizona, Virginia and Maryland have issued statewide mandates for hospitals to require Acute Care Certification for most, if not all inpatient positions. Of the 10 Children’s hospitals with high scores in three or more specialties and named to the Honor Roll by US News and World Report’s 2014-2015"Best Children’s Hospitals," all require Acute Care certification for critical care PNP roles at least 5 of them either require or strongly prefer Acute Care Certification for the majority of inpatient jobs.  In addition, a statement given by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties recommends that Acute Care Nurse Practitioners care for the majority of inpatient patients.

Jill Gilliland, President of Melnic ConsultingGroup says, “Many of the 
leading children’s hospitals that Melnic partners with, now requests "Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioners" when seeking candidates for open PNP job opportunities. Those who are educated and certified in acute care have become highly preferred candidates for inpatient roles in today's job market.” 

The changing landscape for acute and primary care certification requirements can be an uncertain path to navigate. 
Melnic Consulting Group is here to provide insight and professional career guidance for PNP new grads and experienced PNPs looking to advance their careers.  Here are some study tips and materials for the PNCB board exams for AC and PC certifications.  

Wondering if you should get your Acute Care Certification?  We're happy to answer any questions you may have.  Please contact us.   
According to the (PNCB) Pediatric Nurse Certification Board, “the CPNP-AC role is designed to meet the specialized physiologic and psychological needs of children with complex acute, critical and chronic health conditions. CPNP-ACs respond to rapidly changing clinical conditions, including the recognition and management of emerging crises, organ dysfunction and failure.”

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing, the National Task Force Criteria and the APRN National Consensus Model include recommendations that all states require nurse practitioners to have congruence between education, national certification and clinical practice. While a few states may not currently require national certification for licensure, your employer may require certification or you may move to another state that requires it.

View the list of Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Programs currently recognized by the PNCB: 

To inquire about these jobs visit Melnic Consulting Group or contact: Jill Gilliland 800-886-7906 jill@melnic.com

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