Clinical Practice Guidelines 

The Society of Pediatric Nurses creates Clinical Practice Guidelines that aim to articulate the Society’s recommendations for the application of evidence-based practice on foundational and pivotal issues affecting the specialty of pediatric nursing and the health care of children and their families. Clinical practice guidelines should promote best practices to advocate quality nursing care and outcomes for children and families.

Clinical Practice Guideline for Management of Concussion (Mild Traumatic Brain Injury) in the Pediatric and Adolescent Patient

Concussion in children and adolescents continues to be a prevalent public health concern. Prior to 2018, there have not been any broad, evidence-based guidelines in the US for the purposes of diagnosis, prognosis and/or management of pediatric concussion/mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). 

It is imperative the care and education provided to children with concussion/mTBI and their families is evidence-based, regardless of the clinical and community setting. Clinical outcomes in this population are greatly affected by initial treatment guidelines. Although the most recent treatment guidelines are similar regarding initial management (short period of targeted brain rest), the advancement through recovery is individualized and should take into account pre-morbid risk factors that can affect the anticipated recovery.

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This Clinical Practice Guideline will be free to all members and non-members for the first 30 days of release (Until September 27). Following 30 days, only members will have free access the the guideline, and non-members will be charged a fee of $50.00. 

Chronic Conditions Clinical Practice Guideline

The purpose of this clinical practice guideline is to develop and disseminate evidence-based recommendations for pediatric nurses in supporting families of children with chronic conditions, particularly those with complex needs. A review and synthesis of the literature on families of children with chronic conditions led to recommendations addressing four domains of family support: physical and mental health, caregiving, social and financial. These domains are also consistent with those articulated in existing measures of family functioning in the pediatric chronic care literature. Within each domain, recommendations focus on areas for assessment and intervention for parents, family caregivers and siblings to support their overall well-being and coping, which has the potential to also have positive impacts on the child with a chronic condition.

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Member Price: Free
Non-Member Price:
 $50

Breastfeeding Clinical Practice Guideline

Human milk and breastfeeding is the preferred form of nutrition for all infants through the first year and beyond. Only 22% of all infants are exclusively breastfed for the first six months and only 31% of infants are breastfed for one full year. Pediatric nurses play a critical role in helping mothers achieve their personal breastfeeding goals and this clinical practice guideline aims to provide guidance for pediatric nurses in all practice settings. 

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Non-Member Price:
 $50

Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care, 4th Edition

New national palliative care clinical practice guidelines seek to ensure the millions of people living with serious illness have access to vital care that can help meet their needs. The National Consensus Project's Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care, 4th Edition calls for improved access to this vital care and The Society of Pediatric Nurses Endorses the guidelines. Download these guidelines here: http://www.nationalcoalitionhpc.org/ncp/