Nurse Practitioner - Developmental Pediatrics
Tower Health

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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About St. Christopher's Hospital for Children

St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, a partnership between Tower Health and Drexel University, is a 188-bed facility that provides exceptional care to children throughout the Greater Philadelphia area and surrounding counties.

St. Christopher's has more than 220 pediatric experts on staff, combining top-notch pediatric care with a wide array of pediatric specialties including Cardiology, Ear, Nose and Throat, Gastroenterology, Oncology, and Orthopedics. It houses the only Verified Pediatric Burn Center between New York City and Baltimore and is one of only three Level I Pediatric Trauma Centers in Pennsylvania. St. Christopher's is a Magnet® designated hospital and was recognized as a Women's Choice Award Best Children's Hospital.

In addition to its main location in Philadelphia, the hospital has a growing network of primary and specialty care locations throughout the Philadelphia suburbs and New Jersey so your child's health conditions can be treated close to home.

Tower Health recognizes paying for education can be expensive. As part of our Educational Assistance benefit, the Tower Health Tuition Discount Program offers tuition reimbursement and other discounts to more than one hundred local and national schools. This includes Drexel University, Alvernia University, and Immaculata University - just to name a few.

Through the Tower Health Tuition Discount Program , eligible employees, spouses, dependents, and domestic partners may be eligible to receive the following benefits:

- Save 5 to 50 percent on tuition.

-Waived application fees.

-Discounts for your dependents, spouses, and domestic partners.

About the Organization

Tower Health is a strong, regional, integrated healthcare provider/payer system that offers leading-edge, compassionate healthcare and wellness services to a population of 2.5 million people. Together, our seven hospitals and other entities provide a full range of medical care from prevention, screenings & education; to the latest clinical services and surgeries available; to rehabilitation. We also offer wellness programs & public health services that ensure our communities are the healthiest they can be. Our caring, highly trained physicians and staff are committed to patient safety and patient satisfaction.

With more than 11,000 team members, Tower Health includes Reading Hospital, a teaching hospital based in West Reading; Chestnut Hill Hospital, a teaching hospital in Philadelphia; Phoenixville Hospital in Phoenixville; Pottstown Hospital in Pottstown; and St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. We also operate Reading Hospital Rehabilitation at Wyomissing & Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences, & we have a comprehensive physician network.

Collaboration across Tower Health enables our hospitals, providers, leadership & staff to leverage best practices across the health system. Our hospitals have received national recognition for advanced care in areas such as neurosurgery and stroke, cardiac & vascular surgery, trauma, hematology & oncology. Reading HealthPlex, which opened at Reading Hospital in October 2016, combines state-of-the-art technology and world-class design to make the HealthPlex one of the most sophisticated surgical centers & inpatient facilities in the region.

At Tower Health, we have a rich history of providing high-quality, cost-effective care in the communities we serve. As the healthcare industry continues to change, one thing remains steadfast: Tower Health's commitment to Advancing Health, Transforming Lives.

Job Summary

Nurse practitioners who are employed by St. Christopher's Hospital for Children (SCHC)/St. Christopher's Pediatric Associates (SCPA) are independent providers and practice according to the State of Pennsylvania guidelines, By-Laws of SCHC and SCPA, and policies and procedures established by the Section of Developmental Pediatrics. Although the nurse practitioners can practice autonomously, they must work in collaboration with a physician who is available for consultation if needed.

In the Section of Developmental Pediatrics, the nurse practitioners are expected to provide comprehensive outpatient care for patients from birth to 21 years of age. The ideal NP candidates should have experience in the area of Developmental Pediatrics or Child Psychiatry and be familiar and comfortable assessing and diagnosing children for common developmental conditions (Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Delay/Speech Delay/Intellectual Disability, Learning Disorders, ADHD, behavioral/emotional problems, etc.) as well as providing follow-up care and pharmacological treatment if needed. (For some patients with chronic illness, e.g. Spina-Bifida, care may be delivered after the age of 21 years until adequate transition services are identified.) This care will include initial evaluation and diagnosis as well as follow-up neurodevelopmental assessment and medication management. In addition to performing a history and physical examination, offering a diagnosis, and establishing a treatment plan, the nurse practitioners will also order necessary laboratory studies, such as EKGs, EEGs, CT and MRI's. Rehabilitative services and medications will also be prescribed to the extent allowed by the prescriptive authority in the State of PA.

There will also be expectations of care coordination and there will be discussion of the patient's individual care plan with the collaborating physician or the Section Chief.

Nurse practitioners will maintain their own patient panels utilizing the following parameters:

  • New patients may be scheduled for an initial evaluation with an NP. The potential pool of patients eligible for an initial visit with an NP includes those with potential ADHD, Learning Disability, Autism Spectrum Disorders, language delay, motor delay, behavioral difficulties, or history of prematurity. If there is a suggestion of developmental regression, the patient will be scheduled with a physician for the initial visit.
  • Established patients, whether seen initially by an NP or one of the physicians, may be scheduled for follow-up visits with an NP. These patients may be seen for ongoing medication management or for developmental assessments related to the diagnoses listed above as well as additional diagnoses including but not limited to spina-bifida or cerebral palsy.
  • Scheduling for patient visits will be the same as for the physicians: 90 minutes for initial visits and follow-up neurodevelopmental assessments and 45 minutes for medication management visits.
  • Each NP will have a predetermined number of sessions per week established by the Section Chief. Each session (~ 4 hours) consists of a full panel of morning or afternoon patients.

  • Contact Name: Bill Mawhiney
    Contact Email:
    Contact Phone: 484-545-7690



    • Master of Science in Nursing
    • Certification as Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (prefer Acute Care certification but will consider Primary Care if candidate has either NP or RN critical care experience)
    • Licensure to practice as a registered nurse in Pennsylvania
    • License to practice as a certified registered nurse practitioner in Pennsylvania
    • BLS and PALS required
    Some travel: Ravel to Reading Hospital 2 times per month

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