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Should a Child be Discharged from a Pediatric Practice if the Parent Refuses Immunizations?

Beal, Judy DNSc, PNP, RN, FAAN; Tenrreiro, Kathleen ARNP, MS, CNE, CPNP-PC; Vecchio-Gilbert, Linda Del DNP, CPNP, ACHPN, CPON

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing: March/April 2014 - Volume 39 - Issue 2 - p 78–79
doi: 10.1097/NMC.0000000000000020

What an interesting conundrum. We want our pediatric patients to be well cared for. What if they reject our best advice?

Kathleen Tenrreiro is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida.

Linda Del Vecchio-Gilbert is an Associate Professor, New England Institute of Technology, Nursing Department, Adjunct Nursing Faculty, Simmons College, School of Nursing and Health Sciences.

The author declares no conflict of interest.

The author declares no conflict of interest.

Second Opinion columns are coordinated by Kathleen Leask Capitulo and Judy Beal. Dr. Capitulo can be reached via e-mail at: Dr. Beal can be reached via e-mail at:

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