Nursing care to childhood and adolescence. The need of a specific and independent specialty
Reference of this article: Patiño Masó J, Puig Congost M. Nursing care to childhood and adolescence. The need of a specific and independent specialty. Rev Pediatr Aten Primaria. 2004;6:605-615.
Published in Internet: 31-12-2004
This paper is a reflection on the need of creating a Nursing Specialty with the commitment,
with a specific and independent profile, of nursing care aiming to youngsters and
children. Although this specialty is needed today for all nursing professionals working on
the fields of childhood and adolescence, it refers specifically to Primary Care. Nevertheless
it is obvious that much of the items in this paper are also valid for nurse practitioners working
in other health assistance levels related to this age population.
Some legal significant aspects are summarized. They run on the development of Spain
Nursing Specialties, especially on Pediatric Nursing until today.
Some elements are exposed about valuation and discussion on the importance of the
fact that nurse practitioners specialised in childhood and adolescence take care of the child
and adolescent from a sanitary point of view. They so provide an attention of quality in the
line of current society changes and demands asked by users/patients and their families, taking
into account the available resources to attend them.
Keywords● Adolescence ● Infant ● Pediatric Nursing ● Primary Health Care