SPN defines a position statement as a statement that is relevant within the current healthcare environment. It clearly and succinctly states our position on a controversial or debatable topic.
The following position statements provide a well-thought-out starting point for advocacy around that particular issue. Use these statements to serve as a reference to support your policy at your institution.
SPN produced and endorsed position statements are researched, written and reviewed by pediatric nurses with specialized expertise in the area of concern. All position statements go through committee and Board of Director review at a minimum of every two years.
The issue of child welfare is important to pediatric nurses and to the health care of children. Essentially, it is the promotion of child well-being and the protection from harm. The efforts of the Society of Pediatric Nurses with regard to child welfare are rooted in the need to make children, and children’s health, a national priority. Children may be vulnerable for a variety of reasons and need the advocacy of adults in order to grow and thrive. The assessment of family’s resources to ensure adequate support is essential (Child Welfare Information Gateway, 2016). The pediatric nurse is in the key position to identify the needs of children, assess children’s vulnerabilities, advocate for their rights, and ensure public protection.
SPN Endorsed Position Statements
- The Impact of Racism on Child and Adolescent Health - The Society of Pediatric Nurses endorses this policy statement developed and copyrighted by the American Academy of Pediatrics in August of 2019.
Firearm-Related Injuries Affecting the Pediatric Population - The Society of Pediatric Nurses endorses this policy statement developed and copyrighted by the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2012 and reaffirmed in 2017.
- Weighing All Patients in Kilograms - The Society of Pediatric Nurses endorses this policy statement developed and copyrighted by the Emergency Nurses Association in 2020.