Adolescent Health

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ANA Position Statement - Approved 9/30/00

The American Nurses Association (ANA) supports:
  • Education of nurses about the complex nature of adolescence;
  • Education of nurses about the scientific, ethical, and practical issues that impact the health status of adolescents;
  • Development of culturally sensitive, linguistically and literacy appropriate programs for nurses working directly or indirectly with adolescents;
  • Identification of adolescent health care issues that focus on societal expectations, environmental impacts, access, and delivery of quality health care services;
  • Interdisciplinary approach to caring for the adolescent client/patient;
  • Nursing research in adolescent health issues and services
  • Legislation that recognizes the roles of the registered nurse (RN) and
  • advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) as providers of health care
  • services for adolescents and reimbursement for such services;
  • Funding of government programs aimed at improving access to care, including:
    Title X Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage of reproductive health benefits, school-based health clinics and Title V Maternal Child Health
    (MCH) block grants;
  • Development and maintenance of school health services and reimbursement for such services.