Erica Reighard, MSN, APRN

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Erica Reighard, MSN, APRN, is a nurse practitioner with the Cardiac Center and the Division of Cardiac Critical Care Medicine at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)


Erica Reighard, MSN, APRN, Erica received her Bachelor of Science from James Madison University and subsequently obtained her Master of Science, Pediatric Acute Care program at the University of Pennsylvania.

Erica currently works at Nemours Children’s Hospital in the CICU, caring for critically ill neonates, children, and adolescents with congenital and acquired heart disease. In addition to her responsibilities of the CICU, she also covers the telemetry floor and the PACU area. Prior to her role as an APP at Nemours, she was a CICU nurse at Children’s National from 2016-2020. In 2019, she received the Nursing Excellence Award for exemplary professional practice after volunteering to work in the Pediatric ICU for 4 weeks to reduce staffing shortages during a high-volume period. Prior to this award, Erica received the Cardiac ICU Key Contributor award.

Throughout her Graduate program, Erica presented on many different topics, posters and led a case conference.  Topics included but not limited to managing complications of Trisomy 18; syncope of the soccer field; coarctation of the aorta and a poster on Pulmonary atresia with intact ventricular septum and right ventricular dependent coronaries.

Education and Training

Board Certification

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse - Board Certified (APRN-BC)
Basic Life Support (BLS)
Certified Pediatric Nurse (CPN)
Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care (CRNP-AC)
Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN)
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)

Undergraduate Degree

BSN - James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

Graduate Degree

MSN, Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program, Critical Care Concentration - University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Titles and Academic Titles

Nurse Practitioner

Departments and Services

Awards and Honors

2019, Nursing Excellence Award, Children's National
2017, Cardiac ICU Key Contributor Award, Children's National
2016, Magna Cum Laude, James Madison University
2012-2016, Honors Program, James Madison University