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Josh Petersen, ARNP, CPNP, MSN

  • Pediatrics

Accepting New Patients

UnityPoint Provider

  • Hospital Affiliations:
    • St. Luke's Hospital
  • Gender: Male
  • Languages Spoken:
    • English

About Josh Petersen, ARNP, CPNP, MSN

Medical School
  • University of Iowa College of Nursing: CPNP, ARNP, MSN - Nursing
Focus Areas
  • Pediatrics


Podcast Episodes Featuring Josh Petersen:
Ep. 42 - Maintaining a Routine for Your Child
Ep. 48 - Self-Care for Parents during COVID-19

Personal Interests
My wife and I have 5 children and our family time together is very important to me. I am also an avid sports fan. I enjoy rooting for the Hawkeyes, the Chicago Cubs, the Chicago Bears and the Chicago Bulls. I also enjoy playing sports including softball, golf, long-distance running and particularly basketball. I play basketball year round with a group a guys 2-3 mornings a week. I also enjoy playing board games and card games, particularly strategic games. I also enjoy reading. Finally, my Christian faith influences every area of my life.

From grateful parents of Josh' parents:

  • Josh is seriously the BEST. At my son’s 18 month appointment a week ago I broke down crying because I had just lost my father. I received a hand written card from Josh today just because he was thinking of me and my family. He REALLY cares and it shows. Thanks for all you do, Josh!
  •  I agree with the others. He personally calls to check up on my daughter whenever she is sick.

Why did you become a physician/provider?
This career has enabled me to combine two great passions of mine: caring for people and a pursuit of knowledge. Every day I am privileged to provide care/help to patients and their families, which is incredibly rewarding. I am also constantly learning new things in the field of medicine, whether that's encountering a rare disease or staying up-to-date on the latest research for evidence based practice.

What qualities best describe the care you provide your patients?Caring, compassionate, good listener, respectful, earnest and knowledgeable.

Being a healthcare provider, what drives/motivates you each day?I am motivated by my Christian faith "to love your neighbor as yourself" (Matthew 22:39). I want to use gifts that God has given me to help others.

What is the most important message you would like to share with your patients? The most important message I want to share with my patients and their families is that I care about them and want to help them and provide the best care that I can. As a father of 5 children, I understand that parenting can be stressful, particularly when a child is sick. I want my patients and their families to know that about my previous experience. I have spent my entire career in the care of pediatric patients. Prior to this position, I worked at the University of Iowa Hospital for 13 years with the last 8 years in Pediatric Surgery.

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