Advanced Practice Registered Nursing
Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) are key members of the health care team at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. APRNs champion Children’s nursing vision, philosophy and professional practice model by serving as innovators, leaders, knowledge seekers and partners in care.
At Children's, APRNs are members of a multidisciplinary “Professional Staff” model. This is in contrast to many other health care organizations that utilize a "Medical Staff" for physicians and an "Allied Health Care Providers" grouping for other providers, which include the APRNs, often with little representation on medical staff governance. The Professional Staff model recognizes the APRNs as valued members of the health care team and encourages working relationships among the various disciplines. APRNs at Children's practice within a health care system that provides an environment for consultation and collaboration. In addition, APRNs have representation via a voting member on the Professional Executive Council, which is the executive oversight board for the Professional Staff.
APRN Roles at Children’s
Advanced Practice Registered Nurses at Children's include the following:
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists
Certified Clinical Nurse Specialists
Certified Nurse Practitioners:
- Neonatal Nurse Practitioners
- Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
- Family Nurse Practitioners
Children’s APRNs practice in a variety of settings and roles that include direct care providers, managers, directors, consultants, educators and researchers.
Scope of Practice
All APRNs at Children's are required to maintain current licensure as a registered nurse and certification by a national nurse certification organization. The Minnesota Board of Nursing has recognized the following national nurse certification organizations:
- American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
- American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Certification Corporation
- American Nurses Credentialing Center
- American Midwifery Certification Board
- Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists
- Pediatric Nursing Certification Board
- National Certification Corporation for the Obstetric, Gynecological, and Neonatal Nursing Specialties
The Nurse Practice Act, MN statute, section 148.171, defines the scope of practice for APRNs in Minnesota. All certified APRNs may prescribe drugs and therapeutic devices within the authorized scope of practice for which they are certified. At Children's of Minnesota, the APRN scope of practice is further defined by job description, collaborative agreement, and the Professional Staff credentialing process, which may include special procedure privileges based on training, experience and current clinical competence.