Advanced Practice Registered Nurses are registered nurses (RNs), who receive additional education, in the form of master's degree or higher, within one of four advanced practice nursing roles. The four roles are: certified nurse practitioners, certified registered nurse anesthetists, certified nurse-midwives and clinical nurse specialists. Lurie Children's employs nurse practitioners (NPs), certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) and clinical nurse specialists (CNS). Nurse practitioners serve as primary, and, in some cases, specialty care providers, diagnosing and treating a variety of illnesses. Clinical nurse specialists provide patient care and expert advice in one of several nursing practice specialties related to the setting. CRNAs specialize in providing anesthesia and sedation. APRNs prescribe medications, order and interpret diagnostic testing, diagnose and treat illness, and provide patient and family education.
A master's degree is the minimum degree required to be licensed as an APRN. Prior to licensure, the APRN must be board certified in the area of specialty, by a nationally approved certifying body. APRNs are regulated primarily by State Boards of Nursing. The authority given by state licensure varies based on state law and state Board of Nursing regulations.
Physician Assistants (PAs) are nationally certified and state licensed medical professionals. PAs practice medicine on health care teams with physicians and other providers. Certified PAs conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventative health care, assist in surgery and prescribe medications. They earn the PA-C credential by graduating from an accredited post grad level PA educational program and passing a national certification exam. At Lurie Children's, certified PAs are part of the medical teams that assess, treat and prevent illness in our patients.
All Advance Practice Providers (APPs) collaborate, consult with, or refer to physicians. This collaboration happens as a prudent and necessary part of delivering quality, safe, evidence-based care to patients. Many practice in health care teams with physicians and other types of health care providers. At Lurie Children's, APRNs and PAs are privileged and credentialed members of the Medical Staff, and follow the policies and procedures set forth by the Medical Staff Bylaws. APPs have prescriptive authority and are able to bill for reimbursement of services.
APPs practice in 25 different specialty and sub-specialty areas, at all of our outreach locations, and are nationally board certified in the specialty areas of anesthesia, pediatrics, family, and neonatal populations.
Many of the Lurie Children's APPs hold offices in local and national professional organizations, participate on various hospital and community committees, support legislative advocacy, and have received national awards related to improving the delivery of quality, safe and effective patient care to our specialized pediatric populations.
The Advanced Practice Providers Council (APP Council) is organized for the ongoing development and progression of Advanced Practice Providers practice (leader, educator, mentor, clinician and researcher).
This includes, but is not limited to: