NAPNAP Revises Position Statement on Corporal Punishment

Cherry Hill, NJ, August 12, 2011 --( The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners’ (NAPNAP) Executive Board approved a revised NAPNAP Position Statement on Corporal Punishment.

Corporal punishment is the use of physical force with the intention of causing a child to experience pain but not injury, for the purposes of correction or control of the child’s behavior. It can range from slapping a child’s hand or buttocks to identifiable physical abuse.

Pediatric nurse practitioners (PNPs) who work with families are in a strategic position to assess the discipline practices of the families they see and to counsel parents to avoid those that are harmful, ineffective, or abusive. NAPNAP advocates for child-rearing practices that develop caring, responsible, and self-disciplined adults. NAPNAP believes that it is necessary to eliminate corporal punishment in the home, schools and other settings where children are cared for or educated.

"As a full time pediatric primary care provider I find it is important to implement this position statement in my day to day care of my patients," said Cheri Barber, DNP, RN, CRNP, NAPNAP President. To view the statement online visit

The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners would like to acknowledge the contribution of the Child Maltreatment and Neglect Special Interest Group (CMN SIG) and the following members for their contribution to this statement: Gail Hornor, DNP, RNC, CPNP (CMN SIG Chair), Pam Herendeen, DNP, RN, CPNP (CMN SIG Co-chair), Nancy Mitchell, MSN, RN, CPNP, Hannah Pressler, MSN, RN, CPNP, Amy Terreros, DNP, RN, CPNP.


NAPNAP is committed to improving the health care of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. An association of nearly 7,500 health care providers throughout the United States, NAPNAP has 48 Chapters nationwide. For more information, call 856/857-9700 or visit NAPNAP's Website at

Contact: Felicia K. Taylor, Director of Membership, Chapters & Communication
Phone: 856/857-9700
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National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
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