Getting Started

Your Career as a PNP or NP

Welcome to a rewarding career that will provide you with many years of professional opportunities, growth and fulfillment.  Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (PNPs) provide health care in many settings including primary, acute and specialty care.  Numerous studies have documented that PNPs deliver high quality, cost effective care.  Although this updated Career Resource Guide refers to PNPs in most sections, the information applies to all types of nurse practitioners (NPs) in all practice and clinical settings and should be an indispensable resource for NPs across the continuum of their careers.  It includes expanded sections on documenting NP productivity, advanced practice reporting structure and guidance on expanding professional development.

For new graduate PNPs, welcome to an exciting and rewarding career! This guide will assist your preparation for obtaining certification, securing your first position, obtaining your DEA number, and successfully obtaining credentialing and privileging.  Included in the guide are examples of helpful tools such as a curriculum vitae, cover letter, performance appraisals and templates of sample employment contracts. Not only will it assist you as you establish yourself in your career, it will provide the tools necessary for you to grow in your career.

For the experienced PNP, this resource has been retooled to facilitate your continued successes and expand your professional development. Several NAPNAP (National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners) members contributed their expertise to establish a comprehensive resource inclusive of reimbursement issues, productivity and outcome measures.

It is our pleasure to present this resource to you as a guide to your career development and with appreciation for your role in advancing the practice of all NPs and PNPs.