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 World Health Organization (WHO) (2017), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) (2012), the Association of Women’s Health Obstetric & Neonatal Nurses (2015), and the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) (2015) recommend that infants are breastfed minimally for one for year with the provision of exclusive human milk for the first six months being essential for optimal health and developmental outcomes. However, in the United States, despite improvements in breastfeeding initiation rates, exclusive breastfeeding and breastfeeding continuation remain extremely low (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, 2016).
Diane L. Spatz PhD, RN-BC, FAAN
SPN Board of Directors: 4/22/2020
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.