As one of the nation’s leading pediatric health care systems, Nemours is committed to providing all children with their best chance to grow up healthy. We offer integrated, family-centered care to more than 300,000 children each year in our pediatric hospitals, specialty clinics and primary care practices in Delaware, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Nemours strives to ensure a healthier tomorrow for all children – even those who may never enter our doors – through our world-changing research, education and advocacy efforts. At Nemours, our Associates help us deliver on the promise we make to every family we have the privilege of serving: to treat their child as if they were our own.
This position is responsible for: An area of specialized nursing practice, and provides direct and indirect care to children and teens with autism spectrum disorder to include:
Diagnosis of psychiatric co-morbidities in children and teens with ASD, with and without intellectual disability, mixed expressive/receptive speech delay and other developmental disorders, consideration of the role of psychotropic medications to target psychiatric co-morbidities and/or target symptoms in children and teens with ASD, initiation and management of trials of psychotropic medications in the context of a broader treatment plan that includes educational programming, ancillary therapies and behavioral interventions,
Essential Functions –
Practices collaboratively with physicians and other health care providers to provide high quality health care to children. Performs ongoing assessment and evaluation of patient progress and revision of interdisciplinary plan of care. May use prescriptive authority if appropriately credentialed to do so. Collaborates interprofessionally as needed. Identifies patient/family need for further resources and initiates appropriate referrals. Documents patient care and progress on patient's chart. Provides patient/family teaching based on identification of learning needs. Evaluates compliance with the prescribed treatment regimen through telephone calls, family/patient assessments and outpatient visits as needed. Acts as a patient's advocate. Acts as a role model to other members of the Nursing Department to foster professional development. Acts as a liaison between families and members of the health care team. Utilizes advanced knowledge and specialized skill in nursing practice in accordance with the Nurse Practice Act, hospital policy and protocol. Promotes standards of care for the specialty area. Identifies educational needs of nursing staff regarding the care of patients in the specialty area. Serves as an educational resource for unit and the Organization. Collaborates with nursing management in the monitoring and evaluation of the quality and appropriateness of patient care within the specialty area. Fosters a spirit of inquiry, identifies nursing problems, and participates in research endeavors. Disseminates nursing research findings and incorporates these findings into nursing practices for patient care within the specialty area. Maintains a current knowledge base through participation in appropriate professional activities and organizations. Demonstrates effective communication skills with health care team and patient, family, and members of the health care team. Demonstrates proficiency in the care of all age groups; neonates, infants, toddlers, school aged, adolescents and adults.
Non-Essential Functions -
Acts as a resource for nursing staff in developing articles for publication. Participates on intra- or interdepartmental committee(s). Serves as a consultant within specialty area for colleagues both intra and extra departmentally and in the community. Assesses own strengths and weaknesses, identifies resources for professional growth and utilizes these resources to promote professional growth. Responsible for participation in departmental and hospital programs for Quality Assessment and Improvement, identifying opportunities to improve services, making recommendations and implementing actions as appropriate and consistent with the goals of the Nemours Foundation.
Knowledge, Formal Education, and Training
Master of Science in Nursing
Three years of related clinical experience preferred
Will consider new graduates
License and Certification
Active Delaware (or compact state) Registered Nurse Licensure required
Active Delaware Advanced Practice Nurse Licensure, with or without prescriptive authority required
Delaware Controlled Substance Registration (CSR)
Federal DEA registration with Delaware Address
Current AHA Healthcare Provider (HCP) Certification required
Certification as Pediatric Nurse Practitioner required
Certification as Pediatric Primary Care Mental Health Specialist preferred
Our dedication to professionals who are dedicated to children frequently earns Nemours a spot on the list of top workplaces in the communities we serve. Our Associates enjoy comprehensive benefits, including our unique “Bridge to a Healthy Future” pediatric health plan, an integrated wellness program, opportunities for professional growth, and much more. As an equal opportunity employer, Nemours focuses on the best-qualified applicants for our openings.