Clinical ArticleTanner Stages and Pubertal DevelopmentHamlin, Amy PhD, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC; Robertson, Michelle DNP, APRN, FNP-BC; Wilson, Debra Rose PhD, MSN, RN, IBCLC, AHN-BC CHT Author Information Amy Hamlin, PhD, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC Professor of Nursing, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN. Michelle Robertson, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC Professor of Nursing, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN. Debra Rose Wilson, PhD, MSN, RN, IBCLC, AHN-BC, CHT Professor/Researcher, Austin Peay State University School of Nursing, Clarksville, TN, and Walden School of Psychology, Minneapolis, MN. The authors declare no conflict of interest. Supplement digital content is available for this article. Direct URL citations are provided in the HTML and PDF versions of this article. Correspondence: Debra Rose Wilson, PhD, MSN, RN, IBCLC, AHN-BC, CHT, Austin Peay School of Nursing, APSU 601 College St., Clarksville, TN 37044. E-mail: [email protected] Journal of Pediatric Surgical Nursing 11(4):p 131-136, 10/12 2022. | DOI: 10.1097/JPS.0000000000000354 Buy Metrics Abstract Puberty typically follows a predictable pattern that can be assessed using the Tanner stages or Sexual Maturity Rating scale. Clinicians can use this tool to evaluate and monitor progress in female and male puberty. The timing and sequence of puberty are important indicators of the growth and development of pediatric patients. Stages of puberty and normal findings must be known before variations can be identified. Pubertal changes that fall outside the normal timeline or trajectory are considered abnormal and must be investigated. Treatments for abnormal variations are based on pathologic versus idiopathic causes. Nurses, as members of the interprofessional collaborative team, serve an important role by obtaining data, monitoring progress, providing health education, performing ongoing assessment/evaluation, and ensuring continuity of care when needed. Copyright © 2022 American Pediatric Surgical Nursing Association, Inc.