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Adolescent Health

ANA Position Statement
: September 30, 2000

Statement of ANA Position
The American Nurses Association 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.


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