Position Statements

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.

Early School Start Times (Consensus Statement)
Topic: SPN Produced Position Statements
Owner: Kim Eskew, MBA, CAE
Date: 2019-06-21

This is a joint consensus statement with the National Association of School Nurses.

Optimal sleep during growth and development is critical for the health, safety and academic success of our nation’s youth. Over half of high school youth and near one third in middle school report 7 hours or less sleep on school nights (National Sleep Foundation, 2014). These reports are in sharp contrast to recommended adolescent (age 12-17) sleep requirements of approximately 9 to 10 hours (Carskadon, 2011). The registered professional school nurse (hereinafter referred to as school nurse) is in a pivotal position to collaborate with students, families, teachers, pediatric nurses, school administration officials, and other health care professionals to address factors contributing to insufficient sleep.

Download File   Early School Start Times - March 2019.pdf




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