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Pediatric Mental Health

Wolfford, Jerri BSN, RN, CPN

AJN, American Journal of Nursing: September 2013 - Volume 113 - Issue 9 - p 13
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000434153.39396.07
Letters

Jerri Wolfford, BSN, RN, CPN

Beaumont, TX

“Mental Health Care in America's Youths” (AJN Reports, June) reveals a taboo topic in pediatric health care. As a nurse of 15 years, specializing in neonatal care and pediatrics, I have seen many patients in whom mental health care was lacking.

In my experience, three common problems prevent pediatric patients with mental health issues from being diagnosed: (1) their parents don't think anything is wrong, or they refuse to accept a diagnosis; (2) physicians and nurses fail to perform a mental health assessment; or (3) physicians are concerned about “labeling” a child.

Jerri Wolfford, BSN, RN, CPN

Beaumont, TX

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