The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners Executive Board occasionally supports position statements, consensus statements and white papers developed by organizations focused on advanced practicing nursing and/or children’s health if they are determined to be of special significance, relevance and timeliness for our association as reflected in the priorities of our mission and strategic plan. The list of position statements and other documents with links are listed below.
We are pleased to endorse the “KIDS” List, or “Key criteria for Inappropriate use of Drugs in pediatrics”, which was developed by the Pediatric Pharmacy Association (PPA). The safe use of medications in pediatric patients requires practitioners to consider the unique pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of drugs prescribed in this age group. In an effort to create a standard of care for the safe use of medications in this population, a list of drugs that are potentially inappropriate for use in pediatric patients has been developed and titled the “KIDs List” and is published in the Journal of Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Volume 25, Issue 3.
The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners Executive Board recently voted to endorse the American Academy of Pediatrics “Effective Discipline to Raise Healthy Children” policy statement. The NAPNAP Executive Board wishes to emphasize that pediatric-focused nurse practitioners are important sources of information for parents for the best discipline techniques, and that pediatricians are not the only source for this information as might be construed by the policy statement. “The Effective Discipline to Raise Health Children statement is comprehensive and thoroughly researched,” said NAPNAP President Dawn Garzon Maaks, PhD, CPNP-PC, PMHS, FAANP. “This information will be helpful to NAPNAP members and others who must teach parents alternative discipline methods while also helping them understand the harms associated with corporal punishment and harsh verbal abuse.” NAPNAP found that endorsing this policy statement is consistent with the organization’s strategic priorities.
We are pleased to support the Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care, 4th edition created by the National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care and the National Consensus Project (NCP). The NCP Guidelines are intended to standardize the clinical practice of care for persons living with a serious illness and their families in order ensure universal access to quality palliative care. These guidelines were developed and approved by 16 leading national organizations with expertise in improving the quality of life of patients and their families during serious illness.
We are pleased to support the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Common APRN Doctoral-Level Competencies. The competency document presents the group’s work in identifying common competencies for doctoral-prepared APRNs. These competencies are foundational to contemporary APRN practice across each of the four APRN roles and are not intended to replicate previously identified competencies for advanced practice, but rather to demonstrate the utility of a consistent framework that fosters both intraprofessional and interprofessional communication.
We are pleased to support the American Telemedicine Association’s Operating Procedures for Pediatric Telehealth. The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) has embarked on an effort to provide practice guidance and technical recommendations for telemedicine. The goal of this effort is to advance the science of telemedicine and promote the delivery of quality medical services. This guidance, which is based on clinical and empirical experience, was developed by work groups that include experts from the field and other strategic stakeholders, including clinicians, administrators, technical experts and industry leaders. This guidance is designed to serve as an operational reference and an educational tool which will help provide appropriate care for pediatric patients.
We are pleased to support the OC’s OTC’s Working Group Statement of Purpose. The working group is focused on the potential of OTC access to OCs to reduce disparities in reproductive health care access and outcomes among low income, poor and young women. It aims to increase opportunities for all people to access a safe, effective method of contraception free from unnecessary gatekeeping by the health care system as part of a healthy sexual and reproductive life. This statement was approved by the working group steering committee on June 23, 2016, and may be revised and updated as data and real world experience on this topic accumulate.
We are pleased to support the Society of Pediatric Nurses’ (SPN) Pediatric Core Competencies. The development of these core competencies displays the breadth of knowledge and SPN’s commitment to ensure a solid foundation of pediatric knowledge continues for the future of nursing practice.
We are pleased to support the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing’s newly revised position paper, The Role of the Registered Nurse in Ambulatory Care. Since its original publication in 2011, tremendous changes have occurred in health care, especially in the ambulatory care environment. Health care reform, the Affordable Care Act and its repeal, the implementation of care coordination as a strategy to improve health and prevent re-hospitalization and the transition from volume based to value based care have increased focus on the ambulatory care setting as the site of health care provision now and in the future.
We are pleased to support the Million Babies White Paper. Million Babies is proposed as a collaborative initiative within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that would prevent one million cases of preterm birth, infant mortality and related adverse birth outcomes in 10 years, with measurable outcomes reportable in the first four years of the program.
We are pleased to support the Safety in Agriculture for Youth (SAY) Belief Statements. The belief statements were developed by the SAY Steering Committee and outline consensus based beliefs and principles that promote safety and health for youth working in agriculture.
We are pleased to support the School-based Asthma Management Program (SAMPROTM), which recommends a comprehensive circle of support for the care of children with asthma in the school setting and offers an Asthma Emergency Treatment Plan, an Asthma Action Plan, asthma education resources for school personnel and others. It also makes other recommendations and observations. The final published version is available in the September 2016 issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (JACI).
We are pleased to support the Targeting Environmental NeuroDevelopmental Risks (TENDR) Project Consensus Statement. This consensus statement presents the findings of decades of research that have culminated in findings establishing that a number of clearly identified compounds play major roles in the development of autism spectrum disorders, ADHD and learning disorders. The final, published version is available to the public in Environmental Health Perspectives.
We are pleased to support the white paper Oral Health: An Essential Component of Primary Care. It was sponsored by the National Interprofessional Initiative on Oral Health with support from the DentaQuest Foundation, the REACH Healthcare Foundation, and the Washington Dental Service Foundation. It was developed in partnership with a panel of experts, including primary care and dental care providers; leaders from medical, dental, and nursing associations; payers and policymakers; a patient and family partnership expert; and oral health and public health advocates.
We are pleased to endorse and support the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding and the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative with the understanding that this applies to healthy newborns in the hospital.