Rebecca Carson, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC/AC is board-certified as both a Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) and a Primary Care PNP. She has spent her career as an Acute Care PNP in some of the nations’ premier Children’s Hospitals: in the Emergency Departments of the University of Louisville, Kosair Children’s Hospital, the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC, and Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center. She was recruited as an Acute Care PNP to build a collaborative program in Pediatric Radiation Oncology between Johns Hopkins Sibley Memorial Hospital and Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. Her current practice is with WakeMed PM Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC. Prior to joining the Conway School of Nursing at The Catholic University of America, she served in adjunct faculty positions at Duke University and Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. For the past five years, Dr. Carson has had a faculty appointment as Clinical Assistant Professor at Conway School of Nursing, developed the online Acute Care PNP program, and has taught in the Pediatric and Family Nurse Practitioner Programs.
Dr. Carson’s research interests focus on evidence-based practice approaches to treating acute illness in children in both the acute care and ambulatory settings, and she has published her work in peer-reviewed specialty journals. Since 2020, Dr. Carson has produced a nationally-renowned podcast, “The Peds NP”, which provides a practical discussion and application of evidence-based guidance on the care of children to student and novice pediatric providers. The podcast, which is available on Spotify, Google Podcasts and Apple Podcasts, has been incorporated into Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Education Programs across the country and its novel curriculum has been published in peer-reviewed journals. Two of the most popular series were on Cognitive Bias and Health Equity in Pediatrics. Dr. Carson teaches Nurse Practitioner students the knowledge needed to be excellent practitioners and exemplifies holistic, family-centered care of the whole child and family; mind, body and spirit.