NAPNAP Position Statements
- The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) recognizes that nurse practitioners (NPs) need access to affordable and adequate malpractice insurance, also called professional liability insurance, to protect themselves and their patients.
- Creation of exclusive age limits for the provision of health care in pediatric, adolescent, and young adult patients may unnecessarily create barriers and limit access to care continuity for this population (American Nurses Association, National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners [NAPNAP], & Society of Pediatric Nurses, 2015; Hardin, Hacknell, & Committee on Practice and Ambulatory Medicine, 2017; Licensure, Accreditation, Certification and Education [LACE] APRN Network, 2012). Pediatric nurse practitioners (PNPs) have the education, certification, and licensure to provide comprehensive care to all children from birth through young adulthood.
- The overall goal in caring for all youth, including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, gender nonconforming, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ), is to promote normal adolescent development, social and emotional well-being, physical health, and reduce any associated physical and mental health risks (Adelson, Stroeh, & Ng, 2016; American Academy of Pediatrics [AAP], 2013; AAP, 2018). While many LGBTQ youth navigate adolescence as well as their heterosexual peers, others are exposed to social stigma, discrimination, prejudice, and victimization (both mental and physical; Earnshaw et al., 2017).
- The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) recognizes that optimal nutrition for newborns and infants consists of exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life, ideally beginning with skin-to-skin contact and early infant-led breastfeeding within the first hour of life. At about 6 months of age, with the addition of appropriate complementary solid foods, continuation of breastfeeding is recommended until at least age 1 year and longer as mutually desired by the mother and infant (Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine [ABM], 2015; American Academy of Pediatrics [AAP], 2012, 2018; American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 2016; American Dietetic Association, 2009; U.S.
- The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) acknowledges the central role of pediatric nurse practitioners (PNPs) and their fellow pediatric-focused advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) in disaster preparedness to provide guidance and care before, during, and after local, national, and global disasters that affect children and families. The term disaster encompasses natural (i.e., hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, mudslides, tornadoes, tsunamis, pandemics) and man-made (i.e., active shooter, chemical, biological, radiologic, nuclear, explosive) occurrences and implies a mass casualty incident.
- The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) supports the timely and complete immunization of all infants, children, adolescents, and adults in an attempt to maximize the health and wellbeing of all people. Routine childhood immunizations prevent as many as 3 million deaths per year. In addition, 1.5 million deaths per year could be avoided if global vaccination efforts continue to improve (World Health Organization, 2017).