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.

Chronic Conditions Clinical Practice Guidelines

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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Breastfeeding Clinical Practice Guidelines

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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Clinical Practice Guidelines will be available for anyone to download 30 days following their release. After 30 days, only SPN members will have access to download the Guidelines for free, they will be offered to non-members for $50.00.