PA programs are encouraged to include in their curricula techniques of violence prevention, assessment, and intervention that promote safety and protection for battered individuals.


Physician assistants are encouraged to be familiar with multidisciplinary educational resources and public health and safety efforts directed at pediatric and adolescent violence prevention. The AAPAbelieves that access and availability of reliable information in these areas can enhance the efforts of PAs to address the problem of violence as it relates to the pediatric and adolescent population.

American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)

Position Statement: Violence as a Public Health Problem

AACN recommends that:

* Faculty in schools of nursing should acknowledge their own assumptions about domestic violence and stay current in their knowledgeon the concomitant health problems.

* Content relative to domestic violence across the lifespan and across settings should be included in all baccalaureate and higher degree programs in nursing.

* If content is integrated or threaded throughout the curriculum, it is recommended that the faculty adopt a curriculum plan that specifies the location violence-related content along of with a plan for periodically tracking the implementation of this plan.

* Students should have opportunities to practice in clinical settings where they have experiences related to screening, assessing, and/or caring for victims of violence.

*High-quality materials related to domestic violence should be available for professional continuing education in formats compatible with nontraditional learners at times and places convenient to the practicing professional.

From AACN Position Statement “Violence as a Public Health Problem”

March 1999

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