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How Do Adolescents Develop Faith and How Can Nurses/Nurse Practitioners Help?

Haley, Janice M.

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0b013e318299a0a2
Feature: practice

ABSTRACT: Developmental theories can help nurses better understand how to support patients in their care. Adolescence, a particularly tumultuous period for many, is an opportune time for nurses to support the development of identity and faith, especially for nurse practitioners (NPs) who may be in longer-term outpatient relationships. Nursing interventions are offered to assist in supporting adolescent faith development.

Adolescence can be a challenging time as identity and faith mature. Nurses, and especially nurse practitioners in long-term patient relationships, can support adolescent development.

Janice M. Haley, PhD, APN, is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and a Family Nurse Practitioner. As a Certified Nurse Educator at Azusa Pacific University, she teaches graduate PNP and FNP students requiring the integration of faith into their clinical experience.

Accepted by peer review 1/24/2013.

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The author declares no conflict of interest.

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