Establishment of Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Advanced Practice Provider Services

Jill Gilliland, Amy Donnellan, Lindsey Justice, Lindy Moake, Jennifer Mauney, Page Steadman, David Drajpuch, Dawn Tucker, Jean Storey, Stephen J. Roth, Josh Koch, Paul Checchia, David S. Cooper, Sandra L. Staveski

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The addition of advanced practice providers (APPs; nurse practitioners and physician assistants) to a pediatric cardiac intensive care unit (PCICU) team is a health care innovation that addresses medical provider shortages while allowing PCICUs to deliver high-quality, cost-effective patient care. APPs, through their consistent clinical presence, effective communication, and facilitation of interdisciplinary collaboration, provide a sustainable solution for the highly specialized needs of PCICU patients. In addition, APPs provide leadership, patient and staff education, facilitate implementation of evidence-based practice and quality improvement initiatives, and the performance of clinical research in the PCICU. This article reviews mechanisms for developing, implementing, and sustaining advance practice services in PCICUs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)72-80
Number of pages9
JournalWorld Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Hearth Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016


  • cardiac intensive care unit
  • nurse practitioner
  • physician assistant
  • staffing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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