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A Wellness Framework for Pediatric Nursing Clinical Practice

Spurr, Shelley PhD, RN; Bally, Jill PhD(c), RN; Ogenchuk, Marcella PhD, RN; Peternelj-Taylor, Cindy PhD(c), RN

doi: 10.1097/HNP.0b013e318232c5c6

This article presents a proposed holistic Framework for Exploring Adolescent Wellness specific to the discipline of nursing. Conceptualized as a practical adolescent wellness assessment tool, the framework attends to the physical, spiritual, psychological and social dimensions of adolescent health. Through the discussion of a reconstructed case study the framework's application to nursing practice is illustrated. Nurses are distinctly positioned to promote adolescent wellness. This approach facilitates the exploration of the multiple influences on the health of adolescents, across a variety of clinical practice specialties and settings, by nurses of varying experiences.

College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Correspondence: Shelley Spurr, PhD, RN, Faculty of Nursing, College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan, 107 Wiggins Road, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7N 5E5, Canada (

The authors of this article thank Dr Donna Rennie for sharing her knowledge and expertise on asthma as a chronic illness.

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.