Whether we work with teens, encounter teens in our community, or live with teens in our home, we are frequently energized, enthused and challenged by teens and their thoughts and behaviors.  Rather than seeing teens as “another species,” nurses, other health professionals, and anyone interfacing with teens should remember that we were all teens once and that the teens today will be the adults of tomorrow.  As stated by Margaret Mead, “the solution of adult problems tomorrow depends in large measure upon our way our children grow up today.  There is no greater insight into our future than recognizing when we save our children, we save ourselves.” Our role as adults and advocates is to foster teen health, guide teens through their difficult times, and both teach and learn from teens in reciprocal relationships.

An important part of working with teens is to understand how teens grow and develop and how this impacts their thoughts, behaviors, and health.  Learning about teen brain development and its impacts on engagement in risk behaviors, decision-making, and healthy choices helps adults both empathize with teens and guides relationships and interventions. So where do you learn this information?  I encourage you to check out my new book:  Fast Facts on Adolescent Health for Nursing and Health Professionals: A Care Guide in a Nutshell.  This book is designed to assist healthcare professionals to understand and be successful in working with teens, to have positive impacts on teen health, and to effectively advocate for youth.  Some key topics addressed are:

  • Adolescent development
  • Factors affecting teen health
  • Suggestions for working and communicating with teens
  • Issues impacting adolescents in six holistic health domains

These health domains include the physical, emotional, relational, sexual, spiritual, and intellectual aspects of teen development.  Selected issues facing teens with acute and chronic illness, those associated with teens and technology, hospitalization, legal and ethical issues, and marginalization of youth will challenge readers to ponder their perceptions about adolescents.

This book is unique in its concise methods, comprehensive nature, easy to reference information, and positive approach to the teen years.  Chapter objectives, informative lists and tables, key facts, synthesis of major issues, and references for future study will make this book an important resource for healthcare professionals working with teens and blessed with teens in their lives!   I ask that you let me know what you think about the book and your comments and suggestions.  Most of all, I hope it enriches your work with teens and assists you to help teens to be healthier and happier in the years to come!