NAPNAP Position Statements
The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) has position statements on a variety of topics and issues regarding advanced nursing practice and children’s health. Our position statements are created through a rigorous process, beginning with the approval of the pursuit of a position, the actual development of each position and ending with each statement’s publication in our professional journal, the Journal of Pediatric Health Care (JPHC).
Our position statements are regularly reviewed to ensure they meet evolving standards and best practices. All regular position statements expire automatically five years after publication unless reaffirmed, revised or retired at or before that time. Priority position statements have a three-year lifespan. Development of a new position statement may be requested by board members, committee chairs, SIG or chapter leaders, board-appointed workgroups or a general member acting through one of these groups. The request for a new position statement should be submitted on the position statement request form.
Click on the links below to learn more about our association’s positions.
- Access to Care (2016 – currently under revision)
- Age Parameters for Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Practice (2018)
- Breastfeeding (2018)
- Building Resilience in Childhood and Adolescence (2019)
- Child Maltreatment (2016)
- Children and Youth With Special Health Care Needs: Key Issues on Care Coordination, Transitions, and Leadership (2021)
- Credentialing and Privileging for Nurse Practitioners (2015 – currently under revision)
- Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) (2016)
- Health Risks and Needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Youth (2018)
- Prevention and Identification of Overweight and Obesity in the Pediatric Population (2021)
- Immunizations (2018 – currently under revision)
- Integration of Mental Health Care in Pediatric Primary Care Settings (2020)
- Malpractice Insurance for Nurse Practitioners (2019)
- NP Prescriptive Privileges (2016 – currently under revision)
- Pediatric Nurse Practitioners’ Role in Disasters Involving Children (2018)
- Use and Exposure to Tobacco Products in Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults (2020)
- Protection of Children Involved In Research Studies (2020)
- Reimbursement for Nurse Practitioner Services (2016 – currently under revision)
- School-Based Health Care (2021)
- Supporting the Transition from Pediatric to Adult-Focused Health Care (2020)
NAPNAP White Papers
A white paper is a document that is informational and objective yet still persuasive and is developed to explain or highlight a broad and complex issue. It seeks to achieve the level of thought on a topic at a leadership level. It has a definite point of view and may propose one or more solutions to the issue examined. A white paper is well researched, data driven and factual, and examines trends and some or all of the economic, professional, sociological and other influences that must be considered to support the recommendations and conclusions. Ultimately it seeks to define the topic/issue/market space and then, using facts and conclusions, argue or advocate for a specific solution. It seeks to both educate and influence the audience. Click on the links below to read our white papers.
As position statements are reviewed every 3 or 5 years, the executive board may decide that a position statement on a specific topic is no longer relevant or needed and may vote to retire the statement. These retired position statements are available to view.
The following NAPNAP Position Statements* have been retired (year of retirement is listed). Click on the title below to read the last version that was published in the Journal of Pediatric Health Care.
- Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (2011) – Retired 2019
- Certification (2006) – Retired 2012
- Child Care (2001) – Retired 2005
- Children: A Philosophical Statement (1991) – Retired 2004
- Continuing Education (2012) – Retired 2016
- Corporal Punishment (2011) – Retired 2016
- Developing the Nursing Workforce (2013) – Retired 2019
- Entry into Practice (2004) – Retired 2009
- Health: A Philosophical Statement (2001) – Retired 2004
- Health Care Reform for Children (1993) – Retired 2001
- Mandatory HIV Testing in Health Care Workers (2000) – Retired 2003
- Newborn Discharge and Follow Up Care (1997) – Retired 2002
- Pediatric HIV Disease (2001) – Retired 2004
- Prevention of Unintentional Injuries in Children (2008) – Retired 2017
- Role of PNPs in Quality Improvement (2013) – Retired 2017
- Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (2008) – Retired 2013
- White Paper: Education Preparation and Role Parameter of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (1995) – Retired 1999
* The above statements have been retired and may no longer reflect the views or position of NAPNAP. They are available for historical purposes only.