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.
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.
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.