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J Pediatr Health Care. 2014 Mar-Apr;28(2):114-20. doi: 10.1016/j.pedhc.2012.12.008. Epub 2013 Feb 11.

Pediatric nurse practitioners: influences on career choice.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The demand for hiring pediatric nurse practitioners (PNPs) is strong. However, the number of newly educated PNPs has remained relatively flat during the past several years. Understanding the rationale and timing for the decision to pursue this profession is essential to having a positive impact on increasing the future workforce.

METHODS:

A mail survey of all new PNPs certified between January 2009 and July 2011 (N = 1040) was conducted.

RESULTS:

The response rate was 79.9%. Nearly half of all respondents (45%, N = 314) reported that they work in outpatient general pediatrics, 26% (N = 184) in outpatient subspecialty pediatrics, and 22% (N = 152) in inpatient settings. More than one third (36%, N = 253) spend most of their time in a private practice. Forty percent (N = 307) reported that they decided to pursue education as an advanced practice nurse while in practice as a registered nurse (RN), and 38% (N = 289) made the decision before pursuing RN education.

CONCLUSIONS:

Efforts to increase the PNP pipeline will need to be directed both to students during their RN education and to creating opportunities for current RNs to pursue advanced practice nurse education that is focused on children.

KEYWORDS:

Pediatric; nurse practitioners; workforce

PMID:
23406823
DOI:
10.1016/j.pedhc.2012.12.008
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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