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Children and Gun Safety

A Call to Action for Nurses

Beal, Judy A., DNSc, RN, FNAP, FAAN

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing: May/June 2019 - Volume 44 - Issue 3 - p 171
doi: 10.1097/NMC.0000000000000522
ONGOING COLUMNS: Hot Topics in Pediatric Nursing

The American Academy of Nursing has joined other professional organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatricians, in supporting strategies for firearm safety. Our pediatric nursing expert, Dr. Beal, reviews recent research on children and firearms and offers suggestions on how nurses can be advocates for children and adolescents by participating in efforts to promote firearm safety in their communities.

Judy A. Beal is a Professor and Dean, College of Natural, Behavioral, and Health Sciences, Simmons University, Boston, MA. Dr. Beal can be reached via e-mail at

The author declares no conflicts of interest.

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