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The Role Poverty Plays in Pediatric Healthcare

Pediatric nurse practitioners help improve health outcomes.

Pediatric nurse practitioners recognize that children need regular access to quality healthcare to help them grow and thrive. Yet for 356 million of the world’s children who live in poverty,1 access to pediatric healthcare may be so limited that it profoundly restricts their ability to grow and thrive over lifetimes.2


Poverty and Child Health in the United States, a report from the Council on Community Pediatrics, says poverty has a “profound effect on specific circumstances,” which include:2

  • Birth weight
  • Infant mortality
  • Language development
  • Chronic illness 
  • Environmental exposure
  • Nutrition
  • Injury
  • Self-regulation  

Poverty also affects how many children receive life-saving vaccines, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study: “Coverage was lower for most vaccines among uninsured children and those insured by Medicaid, compared with those having private health insurance, and for children living outside of metropolitan statistical areas.”3

Understanding the multiple ways poverty affects children’s health is a necessary step toward improving patient outcomes. And if you’re inspired to serve this vulnerable population, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a specialization in Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Primary Care can help prepare you for the role. With a pediatric nurse practitioner degree, you’ll be ready to assess, diagnose, and treat patients from birth to 21.

Walden University’s MSN Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Primary Care online degree program is led by 100% doctorally prepared didactic faculty, features curriculum that meets the standards of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF), and prepares you to sit for the pediatric nurse practitioner primary care certification exam.

As a pediatric nurse practitioner, you may pursue a career in a private primary care practice—or establish your own. Other pediatric nurse practitioners choose jobs in school-based health clinics, health departments, or ambulatory settings. And according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nurse practitioners can expect to find an expanding job market through 2029, with employment projected to grow 52%.4

Walden, No. 1 in Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduates in the United States,5 gives working professionals the flexibility to earn a degree while keeping up with their professional and personal lives. With an MSN Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Primary Care degree, you can achieve your pediatric nursing goals and work to advance social change that will benefit children, our world’s most precious resource.

Walden University is an accredited institution offering a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Primary Care online degree program. Expand your career options and earn your degree in a convenient, flexible format that fits your busy life.

5Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) IPEDS database. Based on the most recent year of completions survey data available, using CIP code family 51.38 “Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research, and Clinical Nursing” for master’s degrees (Award level 7). Available at (Retrieved February 2020; may consist of or include provisional release data.)

Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission,