Cultivating QualityNurses on the Front Lines Improving Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Across Health Care SettingsSanta Maria, Diane DrPH, MSN, RN, APHN-BC; Guilamo-Ramos, Vincent PhD, MPH, RN, LCSW; Jemmott, Loretta Sweet PhD, RN, FAAN; Derouin, Anne DNP, RN, CPNP; Villarruel, Antonia PhD, RN, FAANAuthor Information Diane Santa Maria is an assistant professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Vincent Guilamo-Ramos is a professor and codirector of the Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health in the Silver School of Social Work at New York University in New York City. Loretta Sweet Jemmott is vice president of health equity at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Anne Derouin is an assistant professor at Duke University in Durham, NC. Antonia Villarruel is a professor and the Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing in the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia. Contact author: Diane Santa Maria, [email protected]. The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise. AJN, American Journal of Nursing: January 2017 - Volume 117 - Issue 1 - p 42-51 doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000511566.12446.45 Buy Metrics Abstract Nurses care for adolescents in a variety of settings, including communities, schools, and public health and acute care clinics, which affords them many opportunities to improve adolescents’ sexual and reproductive health and reduce the rates of unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. To ensure that adolescents have access to sexual and reproductive health care (which includes both preventive counseling and treatment) in all nursing practice sites, nurses need to gain the knowledge and hone the skills required to deliver evidence-based counseling and services to adolescents and parents. Collectively, nurses can use their unique combination of knowledge and skills to make a positive impact on adolescent sexual and reproductive outcomes. Nurses have the capacity and opportunity to disseminate information about sexual and reproductive health to adolescents and their parents in communities, schools, public health clinics, and acute care settings. This article discusses the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine's goals and recommendations, which address adolescent sexual and reproductive health as both a health care and a human rights issue. Copyright © 2017 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.