Advanced Practice Nursing
An Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) is a registered nurse with a Master's degree in nursing. The basis of advanced practice nursing is the high degree of knowledge, skill and experience needed to provide comprehensive high-quality medical and psychiatric care to children.
APN’s enhance the care of patients and families by:
- Advocating for children and their families
- Providing family-centered and culturally respectful care
- Coordinating care between sub-specialties
- Participating in national organizations with leadership representation
- Offering advanced educational expertise to the nursing staff
- Designing, implementing and interpreting research
What Makes Us Exceptional
- More than 200 APNs are represented in all specialty areas within the hospital, at our outpatient centers and at our outreach partner hospitals. Our APNs provide comprehensive, evidence-based care to patients and families. Several specialty areas having APN-run clinics for better access to care.
- We offer an extensive orientation process for new APNs to help transition them to their new role.
- Our APN council disseminates information and provides education about issues pertinant to advanced practice nursing at Lurie Children's. The council consists of committees that provide the APN with leadership opportunities and representation on hospital-wide committees.
- There is a formalized leadership structure for the APN group, with APN managers whose main goals are enhancing and promoting professional development of our advanced practice nurses. There is also an APN that serves as the Administrator, advocating for and overseeing the practice and functions of APNs at Lurie Children's.
- To maintain professional standards in the care of patients, the hospital requires APNs to be credentialed. Credentialing consists of verifying current licensure, relevant education and competencies. This process is completed through the Medical Staff Office.
- Many of our APNs are involved in national organizations,serving in leadership roles for organizations representing their specialty area.
- Our APNs have received awards for research, health improvement projects, and published many journal articles representing our expertise and dedication to the children and families we serve.
- In 2015, Lurie Children's earned ANCC Magnet® Recognition for a fourth time; less than 1% of all hospitals have been recognized four times.
For information on available Advanced Practice Nursing positions at Lurie Children's, please contact our Human Resources Department at 312.227.3030 or contact Fran Predendergast, Senior Human Resources Consultant, via e-mail at FPrendergast@luriechildrens.org