The results of descriptive statistics revealed that parents were very highly satisfied with PCCNP care (see Table 3).
Mean Scores on Parental Satisfaction Items Standard Satisfaction Measure Mean Deviation ROUTINE CARE Unit tour 3.38 2.00 Unlimited visitation 5.00 0 Participation in care 5.00 0 Assured child received appropriate care 5.00 0 PCCNP COMMUNICATION/CARE Ongoing discussion of care 4.63 0.74 Questions answered 4.88 0.35 Attending physician dialogue facilitated 4.63 0.74 Showed concern for feelings 5.00 0 Child treated as an individual 5.00 0 Overall satisfaction with PCCNP care 5.00 0 Key: 5 = All of the time; 4 = Most of the time; 3 = Some of the time; 2 = Rarely; 1 = Never
Overall, the PCCNP caseload was of higher acuity as compared to the pediatric resident staff caseload as reflected in the longer lengths of stay.
The results of this study support the effectiveness of the PCCNP role in the PICU.
An additional PCCNP would allow increased time for implementation of education and research aspects of the role including staff nurse education, revision of unit procedures, and active nursing/medical collaborative research projects.
There are currently three academic programs offering a course of study preparing individuals to function in the PCCNP role.
Martin, MS, RN, PCCNP, CCRN, is a Teacher-Practitioner/Instructor, Rush-Presbyterian-St.
This nonexperimental, descriptive pilot study evaluated the role and impact of two pediatric critical care nurse practitioners (PCCNPs) in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) at a tertiary care children's hospital.
PICU patients are cared for by a team consisting of the PICU attending, consulting attendings, PICU fellows, PCCNPs, staff nurses, and pediatric resident staff on a rotating basis.