Transition of pediatric patients into adult care

The Society of Pediatric Nurses is committed to supporting the role of the pediatric nurse in the facilitation of transitioning adolescents and emerging adults (AEA) from pediatric to adult care, especially those with disabilities and/or special health care needs.

This page has been developed to help pediatric nurses find appropriate resources to utilize as they transition their patients.

Position Statement

The SPN position statement (December 2016) provides a framework for pediatric nurses to provide comprehensive health care transition services based upon a family-centered, adolescent-focused and interdisciplinary framework of care.

Download the Position Statement

Transition Checklist

The transition checklist (December 2017) provides a useful tool for pediatric nurses to facilitate the transition of AEA into adult care settings. SPN encourages users to adapt the checklist to meet the needs of individual institutions and the AEA they serve.

Download the Transition Checklist

CNE Session

This 2017 conference session discusses the SPN position statement on this topic and its implications for pediatric nurses in facilitating the transition of care models. Earn 1.0 contact hour for viewing. 

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Additional resources 

In addition to the literature listed in the SPN position statement, subject matter experts have compiled the following resources for pediatric nurses that contain helpful tools that can be adjusted to particular practice settings and institutions.

Transition Readiness Tools

Transition readiness tools provide a method of assessment of self-management and related competencies for adolescents and emerging adults.

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Helpful Websites and Articles 

Various list of transition references useful to the pediatric nurse 

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Employment Websites

References to assist individuals with disabilities to fully understand thier rights and protections in seeking, obtaining and retaining employment

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