Reunification of Refugee or Immigrant Children Separated from Their Families
The National Association of School Nurses calls on the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security to accelerate the reunification of refugee or immigrant children who have been separated from their families. This separation may cause irrevocable damage for children, a vulnerable population and deserving of our protection regardless of their immigration status. Children who are separated from their families experience trauma. Studies show that adverse childhood experiences have long-term physical and mental health consequences . (Metzler, et. al., 2016; Nurius, et.al., 2015). School nurses practice ethically, which is demonstrated by showing compassion and respect for all people and advocating for the rights, health and safety of children and youth. (ANA & NASN, 2017).
Adopted by NASN Board of Directors: June 2018
American Nurses Association and National Association of School Nurses (2017). School nursing: Scope and standards of practice, 3rd Edition. Silver Spring, MD: Authors. Page 61.
Metzler, M., Merrick, M.T., Klevens, J., Ports, K.A. & ford, D.C. (2016). Adverse childhood experiences and life opportunities: Shifting the narrative. Children and Youth Services Review, Vol. 72, 141-19. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2016.10.021
Nurius, P.S., Green, S., Logan-Greene, P., & Borja, S. (2015). Life course pathways of adverse childhood experiences toward adult psychological well-being: A stress process analysis. Child Abuse and Neglect Vol. 45, 143-153. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chiabu.2015.03.008
Suggested Citation: National Association of School Nurses. (2018). Reunification of refugee or immigrant children separated from their families (Position Brief). Silver Spring, MD: Author.
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