Date of Award


Document Type

Restricted Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN)



First Advisor

Joyce P. Miller DNP, RN

Second Advisor

Cheryl Leuning PhD, RN

Third Advisor

Mary Yackley, MA, RN, LSN


Adolescent pregnancy affects the future emotional and physical health, as well as long term economic welfare of the young person and child. With research around infant mental health, and the effect of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) on the adult’s physical and mental health, it is important to intervene during infancy and adolescence to improve the long term outcomes for the young person and child. St. Paul Public School (SPPS) District 625 has provided services for over 60 years to help students who are pregnant and/or parenting. A project to update the job description for the AGAPE Licensed School Nurse (LSN) and create a job description for the proposed Adolescent Parent Resource Nurse position, based on the knowledge of the effects of adolescent parenting, and recent research of early childhood brain development and ACE, was guided by Anne Boykin and Savina O. Schoenhofer’s Nursing as Caring Theory. These job descriptions will provide clarity in their roles to improve the outcomes of the adolescent parent and child. Evaluation of the job descriptions was done with former and current staff using a non-Lickert scale (1, 2, 3, 4) and narrative questions. The feedback was taken into consideration when making changes to the job descriptions. A conceptual model of the AGAPE LSN or Adolescent Parent Resource Nurse walking the journey side by side with the adolescent parent provides a visual of the nurse caring through a nurturing relationship and authentic presence within the caring situation. This project demonstrated that these nurse positions provide support to the adolescent parents and their children, and leadership to the school support staff.


SC 11.MAN.2021.Buck.A