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.
Child Health Content in the Undergraduate Curriculum
Baccalaureate and associate degree nursing programs continue to decrease pediatric nursing didactic content and clinical learning experiences. Revisions in the pediatric nursing undergraduate/pre-licensure curriculum are recommended to emphasize existing content and concepts related to children and their family and to strengthen undergraduate pediatric nursing education. Families are recognized as the constant in an individual’s life and are particularly vital to the health of infants, children, and adolescents. The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Nursing (American Association of Colleges of Nursing [AACN], 2008) makes the assumption that “the baccalaureate generalist is prepared…to care for diverse populations with a family scope” (p. 32). Essential IX specifically states that the generalist nurse “is prepared to practice with patients including individuals, families, communities, and populations…” and family-centered care is recommended as course content to meet this objective (p. 32).
Zepure Samawi, PhD, RN, Fulbright Scholar
Associate Professor, Nursing
Saint Xavier University
SPN Education Committee: 12/10/14
SPN Board of Directors: 10/2019
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.