The School Nurse’s Role: A Comparison of School Nurses’ and Superintendents’ Perceptions

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/149081
Type:
Presentation
Title:
The School Nurse’s Role: A Comparison of School Nurses’ and Superintendents’ Perceptions
Abstract:
The School Nurse’s Role: A Comparison of School Nurses’ and Superintendents’ Perceptions
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2003
Author:Neighbors, Marianne, EdD, RN
P.I. Institution Name:University of Arkansas
Title:Professor and Interim Director
Co-Authors:Kathleen Barta, EdD, RN
The researchers collaborated with two former school superintendents to design a statewide survey to investigate similarities and differences in the perception of superintendents and school nurses regarding the role of the school nurse. Seventy-four percent of school nurses and 53% of superintendents surveyed responded to questions regarding the amount of time spent in various activities of assessment, care delivery, planning, health education, communication, data management, and other activities. They also provided estimates of how much time nurses should spend in these activities, rated the importance of the activities to the mission of the school, and whether the activity to be delegated to non-nursing personnel. Nurses reported spending most of their time in such activities as maintaining records, managing immunizations, administering first aid, assessing minor complaints, and performing screenings. These activities were also rated by the superintendents as the most time intensive. Superintendents and school nurses also agreed on which activities should be given more time. These included policy development, classroom health education, conducting health fairs, professional development, and health promotion. They also agreed on activities that take up more time than they should. These included inspecting head lice, assessing minor complaints, managing immunizations, and maintaining records. Some recommendations include: design and use a nurse-friendly data management system, reevaluate current job descriptions for ways to allow the nurse to increase time on activities deemed most important, support time for professional development, and delegate non-essential nursing tasks to other school personnel.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleThe School Nurse’s Role: A Comparison of School Nurses’ and Superintendents’ Perceptionsen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/149081-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">The School Nurse&rsquo;s Role: A Comparison of School Nurses&rsquo; and Superintendents&rsquo; Perceptions</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2003</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Neighbors, Marianne, EdD, RN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Arkansas</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Professor and Interim Director</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">neighbo@uark.edu</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Kathleen Barta, EdD, RN</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">The researchers collaborated with two former school superintendents to design a statewide survey to investigate similarities and differences in the perception of superintendents and school nurses regarding the role of the school nurse. Seventy-four percent of school nurses and 53% of superintendents surveyed responded to questions regarding the amount of time spent in various activities of assessment, care delivery, planning, health education, communication, data management, and other activities. They also provided estimates of how much time nurses should spend in these activities, rated the importance of the activities to the mission of the school, and whether the activity to be delegated to non-nursing personnel. Nurses reported spending most of their time in such activities as maintaining records, managing immunizations, administering first aid, assessing minor complaints, and performing screenings. These activities were also rated by the superintendents as the most time intensive. Superintendents and school nurses also agreed on which activities should be given more time. These included policy development, classroom health education, conducting health fairs, professional development, and health promotion. They also agreed on activities that take up more time than they should. These included inspecting head lice, assessing minor complaints, managing immunizations, and maintaining records. Some recommendations include: design and use a nurse-friendly data management system, reevaluate current job descriptions for ways to allow the nurse to increase time on activities deemed most important, support time for professional development, and delegate non-essential nursing tasks to other school personnel.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T09:55:48Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T09:55:48Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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