Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Sheyanne Chan Jones, RN, MSN, CPNP-PC, Student DNP
University of Wyoming School of Nursing
What drew you to this career?
I love working with children! As a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) I am able to provide the best care possible to children and see them smile! Also meeting great mentors at UW: Sue Hume, Janet Somlyay, Sherrie Rubio-Wallace, and Holly Miller just to name a few.
How did you prepare for it?
I had great mentors at UW and knew that I wanted to be a PNP. After graduation, I worked in a teaching hospital in Texas. I started my career in the pediatric ICU and learned so much from my co-workers (nurses, physicians, respiratory therapists). I realized that within six-months as the bedside nurse, I was teaching residents, medical, and nursing students. I knew then that it was time to do more with my nursing role, so I applied to the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program. I worked full-time and went to school part-time; this was a challenging situation for me but I had the support of my family and friends and within 2 1/2 years I graduated. I'm now a PNP at a school-based clinic and love what I do.
What do you like the most about this career?
I love working with children and the autonomy I have as an NP.
What are the biggest challenges?
The biggest challenge is trying to describe my role as an NP vs. PA vs. MD.
What advice would you have for a student interested in this field?
Do what you love! Ask questions and read journal articles to improve your nursing role and practice.
Extra info about Sheyanne Chan Jones:
Sheyanne has recently married Dr. Jacob Jones and is working to obtain her DNP at the University of Alabama (Class of 2014).