Pediatric Nursing | Advanced Practice Registered Nursing

APRN Careers at Cincinnati Children's

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) at Cincinnati Children’s provide a full continuum of care, from fetal to adult patients in both the inpatient and outpatient settings, for primary to quaternary care needs.

The APRN scope of practice includes the evaluation and management of patient and family response to disease and interventions, as well as the coordination of care in achieving the best possible outcomes. We utilize evidence in providing patient care and as the foundation in developing new innovations for patient care.

The Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) at Cincinnati Children’s is an integral part of a multidisciplinary health care team.

There are over 500 nationally certified advanced practice registered nurses in more than 40 specialties at Cincinnati Children’s including:

  • Certified Nurse Practitioners (CNP)
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
  • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA)

The professional development of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses at Cincinnati Children’s is vital in becoming the leader in improving child health. The following programs contribute to achieving this vision.

Advanced Pharmacy Series for Prescribers

The Advanced Pharmacy Series for Prescribers is a monthly offering designed to provide continuing medical education for pharmacology. The series is developed by the Advanced Practice Education Consultants and includes presentations by Cincinnati Children’s pharmacists and advanced practice nurses.

APRN Education Series

The APRN Education Series offers continuing nursing education. Topics may be varied and includes an annual presentation on Ohio Laws and Rules.

APRN Conferences Sponsored by Cincinnati Children’s

The Cincinnati Children’s Regional Advanced Practice Provider (APP) Conference - Annual conference held each spring spanning a wide spectrum of pertinent pediatric primary and acute care topics.

Academic Pursuits and Secondary Certifications

  • DNP - Cincinnati Children’s supports APRNs who have interest in pursuing their DNP. Tuition reimbursement is available.
  • PhD - Candidates interested in pursuing the PhD in nursing can obtain financial support for their academic costs. Nurse scientists are available to provide mentorship and direction for the doctoral student. Learn more about Research in Nursing.
  • Certifications - Opportunities are available for obtaining secondary certifications in APRN practice subspecialties. Time and financial resources are available to complete didactic education and training in areas of special interest.
  • Presentations, Podium and Poster – The organization encourages and supports APRNs in sharing their practice, quality improvement initiatives, innovative care and improved patient outcomes. Practitioners have shared their work within the organization, but also have been invited to present in local, state, national and international forums.
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center offers diverse experiences for Nurse Practitioner students to gain skills essential to advanced practice nursing. To be eligible for clinical placement at Cincinnati Children’s, you must have an active Ohio RN license and be attending an affiliated program. Learn more about the Nurse Practitioner Clinical Practicum.

Carol McKenzie Award

The Carol McKenzie Award for Excellence in Advanced Practice Nursing was established by The Center for Professional Excellence Advanced Practice Nursing along with the Division of Pediatric Surgery. The award honors the memory of a Cincinnati Children’s nurse practitioner, Carol McKenzie. Carol was known for her dedication, enthusiasm, positive attitude and commitment to teamwork as part of the excellent care she provided.

The purpose of the award is to recognize an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) at Cincinnati Children’s whose positive attitude, commitment to teamwork, and clinical leadership contribute to an outstanding professional environment. The award is presented annually in November during National Nurse Practitioner Week.

Nursing Awards

APRNs are eligible to be considered for all nursing awards presented at Cincinnati Children’s.

The purpose of shared governance is to provide a structure for shared leadership in which direct care providers and managers participate in shared decision making about issues that impact patient-care. The shared governance structure at Cincinnati Children’s is designed to keep decision-making at the point closest to where the care is provided. The APP Shared Governance structure includes a joint APRN and PA Council. There is a formal procedure to submit concerns or issues to the council for review.

The Advanced Practice Education Consultants offer a formal program in assisting the newly minted APP new to Cincinnati Children’s assimilation into the role and the organization. Transition to practice is designed to support the APP and creates a community of support for the APP as they embark on their career in advanced practice.

The clinical component of orientation is customized to the APP’s level of experience, practice location and subspecialty area. The APP is supported by a sub-specialty preceptor and an Education Consultant during the formal 6-month orientation.

Simulation training is available to assist with acquisition and maintenance of clinical technical skills.

The APP Mentoring Program serves the APRNs and PAs at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. This program matches novice APPs with more experienced APRNs to provide support and guidance in the areas of, practice, research, publication, quality improvement, and leadership.

Advanced Practice Providers

Career Opportunities

To view our current APP career opportunities, view our Careers in Demand.

Nurse Profile- Abby Hess