||Hi! My name is Lisa-ann Kelly and I am a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. I have been working in the field of Pediatrics for approximately 20 years. I decided to start this website in order to help parents and caregivers make decisions about their child's healthcare. I know how hard it is to navigate the healthcare system, especially when you are concerned about your child's well being. The frustrations of insurance company guidelines and restrictions, time limitations in the doctor's office, inability to access healthcare options due to transportation and miscommunications can only add to the stress of our busy everyday lifestyles.|
I created this website in order to empower parents to be more effective and confident advocates for their children. My hope is that with the convenience of the internet, I can utilize my background, education and experience to give parents a helping hand and more importantly the "power of knowing."
December l987 - I graduated from Seton Hall University with a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing
in l987. After Graduating I worked at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, N.J. as a Registered Nurse where I took care of children with acute, chronic and surgical conditions. During this time I worked on the Pediatric Ward,
Pediatric Step Down Unit and rotated through the Newborn Nursery, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Post Partum Unit.
December l993 - In l993 I obtained my Masters Degree In Primary Health Care Nursing from Seton Hall University. I received my Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Certification from ANA. Over the next six years I worked as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in a well child clinic and after hours sick child clinic at Clara Maas Medical Center in Belleville, N.J. and in the Pediatric Pulmonary Division at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, N.J. In the Pediatric Pulmonary Division I specialized in treating children with respiratory problems such as Asthma and Allergies. I also concentrated on education and worked as an adjunct Professor at Fairleigh Dickenson University teaching undergraduate Nursing Students.
October l999 - I changed positions and began working in a large pediatrician's office in Watchung, N.J. Through my years as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner I precepted graduate Nurse Practitioner Students from Seton Hall University.
April 2006 - The Pediatricadvice.net website was created to satisfy my desire to spread knowledge and share my expertise about children's health, safety and development to parents via the world wide web.January 2007 - I began working for the Board of Education- Parsippany Troy Hills as a substitute School Nurse.
A Nurse Practitioner is an An Advanced Practice Nurse who specializes in a specific area of healthcare. Through advanced education, a Master's Degree in Nursing, and standardized certification; Nurse Practitioners gain the knowledge and ability to provide care to patients in their area of expertise. The role of the Nurse Practitioner is to perform physical examinations, counsel, educate, advise, make assessments and diagnoses, create plans of care and interventions, evaluate care and make appropriate referrals. The educational process of a Nurse Practitioner concentrates on counseling, education and comprehensive, holistic assessments. The Nurse Practitioner views the body as one system with all connected parts as opposed to treating one part or symptom separate from the rest of the body. Nurse practitioners believe in natural remedies, family centered care, encourage health promotion, including a healthy diet and exercise and if necessary prescribe medications and devices. Depending upon their area of practice, a Nurse Practitioner may work independently or collaboratively with a physician.
I believe that children are the future of our society and our future society depends upon the health of its children. I also believe there is power in knowing. My goal is to improve the lives of children by assisting their caregivers in becoming advocates for their child's physical, psychological, social and spiritual health. This will be attained by spreading knowledge based on standards of care, recommendations outlined by the American Academy of Pediatrics and scientific research. It is my belief that every child's parent or caregiver has the right and the equal opportunity to receive this knowledge free of commercial bias and regardless of age, sex, educational level, national origin, location, social connections, time constraints or financial means. These barriers of care can be erased from our society through the responsible use of the internet and as a result, Parents and caregivers will have access to knowledge to make decisions that can positively impact their child's health and well being.
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