Bright Oaks Pediatric Center is an award winning pediatric practice in Bel Air, Maryland, providing expert, friendly care for children birth through 18 years.

Who are Pediatric Nurse Practitoners?


Jessica T. Zeller, CRNP,
is a Board Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She received a BS in nursing at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and then completed her Master's degree at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. Prior to joining our practice, Jessica worked as a registered nurse on the adolescent medical surgical floor of Johns Hopkins Children's Center. She is currently a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) and Sigma Theta Tau, the international nursing honor society. Jessica and her husband Brian, live in Street with their two children.

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Mandi B. Franklin, CRNP is a Board Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She received her Bachelor's in Nursing at Towson University, then completed her Master's Degree at the University of Maryland School of Nursing. Prior to joining Bright Oaks Pediatrics, Mandi worked as a Registered Nurse on the Pediatric Progressive Care Unit at the UMD Medical Center. She is currently a member of NAPNAP. Mandi and her husband live downtown in Canton, with their dog, Capri.

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Julianne Johnson, CRNP is a Board Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She received her Bachelor's in Nursing from James Madison University, then completed her Master's Degree from the UMD School of Nursing. Prior to joining our practice, Julianne worked as a Registered Nurse in the PICU at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. She is currently a member of NAPNAP. Julianne, her husband, and daughter live in Baldwin. 

Pediatric nurse practitioners (PNPs) are registered nurses with advanced academic and clinical education in pediatric health care, pharmacology, child development and family dynamics. PNPs work in collaboration with physicians as well as other health and social service professionals. They provide a wide range of high quality, cost effective, primary health care services for children from birth through young adulthood.

PNPs meet state licensing regulations, continuing education requirements and competency standards. Most PNPs are certified by a national certifying agency, ensuring expertise and competency. Certification eligibility requires a master’s degree in pediatric nursing, which entails two years of specialty study following four years of nursing undergraduate education.

Since 1965, PNPs have provided comprehensive care to children and families by focusing on health maintenance and education, specialty care, prevention and acute and chronic illness management. For nearly forty years, parents and children have been highly satisfied with the extensive primary and preventative health care provided by PNPs.

Children differ from adults, both physically and emotionally. They need a health professional uniquely qualified to provide specialized pediatric health care. Children deserve the thorough care available from a PNP.

What services do PNPs provide?

  • Prenatal consultations
  • Post partum/newborn hospital visits
  • Premature/high risk infants follow-up
  • Breastfeeding consultation and follow-up
  • Nutritional/Feeding counseling/guidance and follow-up
  • Physical exams and immunizations for newborns to young adults
  • Child and family health promotion
  • Screenings for developmental, behavioral and health problems
  • Advice on issues including child rearing, teething, toilet training, day care, behavior, discipline, safety and other common concerns
  • Diagnosis and treatment of common acute illnesses such as ear and urinary tract infections, rashes, pneumonia, and diarrhea
  • Management and counseling regarding chronic illnesses such as asthma, diabetes, and eating disorders, as well as other areas of specialty care
  • Consultation regarding complex medication regimens
  • Parent/Adolescent educational programs
  • Comprehensive adolescent health care services
  • Sports physicals and health promotion for young athletes
  • School visits regarding Individual Family Service/Education Plans
  • Advocacy for the rights of children and families
  • Health and safety expertise for community programs in child care settings, schools, health centers, state and federal agencies, policy makers and industry

How can a PNP help your family?

Families often choose a PNP to care for their children’s health. A PNP is a health care professional with advanced education in pediatrics, who can:

  • Listen to your specific health concerns and develop a plan that meets your family’s unique needs
  • Provide the information needed to make informed health care decisions
  • Encourage families and children to take an active role in preventative health care
  • Explore the impact of health problems on children and families, and provide counseling and support
  • Diagnose and treat your child when physical, developmental or behavioral problems are identified
  • Refer you child to another specialist when appropriate
  • Make referrals to appropriate community resources such as schools, programs, and family support groups

What makes a PNP special?

PNPs bring an advanced nursing perspective to pediatric health care. A nursing model focuses on the whole person, not just the illness. PNPs are often able to spend more time with families and children, understanding their concerns. They routinely include patient/parent education and wellness counseling in their care plans. PNPs know that your child is unique and deserves the comprehensive care they can provide.

Your PNP is an excellent resource not only for illness or injury care, but for health counseling, including:

  • Coping with divorce, death or violence
  • School or learning problems
  • Family problems
  • Weight management, including exercise and nutrition
  • Behavioral problems

For More Information

National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
1101 Kings Highway North,
Suite 206
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034-1912