School Nurses' Capacity and Preparation to Promote Healthy Weight Programs in Primary Schools in Taiwan

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/151544
Type:
Presentation
Title:
School Nurses' Capacity and Preparation to Promote Healthy Weight Programs in Primary Schools in Taiwan
Abstract:
School Nurses' Capacity and Preparation to Promote Healthy Weight Programs in Primary Schools in Taiwan
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2005
Author:Hsieh, Pei-Lin, MSc, PhD
P.I. Institution Name:Chang Gung Institute of Technology
The aim of this study was to explore the extent to which school nurses in Taiwan are prepared to contribute to HWPs in schools. Survey design was chosen and a questionnaire developed The School Nurses and Healthy Weight Programs: Capacity Questionnaire was administered to 490 Taiwanese school nurses to undertake this exploration. The questionnaire was developed based on earlier work by the researcher, a comprehensive literature review, and was subjected to expert scrutiny by two panels from Australia and Taiwan. In order to ensure a rigorous process of translation the cross-cultural translation technique described by Vallerand's (1989) has been adapted in this study. Statistical data was analysed using descriptive, pairwise correlation, multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) and frequencies techniques. Content analysis was used to analyse non-statistical data. The results indicate that generally, school nurses had a good knowledge base; viewed HWPs as important; had confidence in required roles after additional training provided; considered skills as important in HWPs; perceived their professional preparation as good. However, they had few incentives and perceive significant barriers to their contribution to HWPs. The perceived barriers include: low status of school nurses; lack of support structures and processes; poor resources; lack of a teamwork in conducting HWPs; and lack of involvement in the management of the HWPs. There is a list of recommendations for improving the ability of school nurses to contribute to HWPs. They involve initiatives that centre on the school nurses as a body, health promoting teams in schools and government. Further study for cross-cultural comparisons is recommended as childhood obesity is a global problem and the potential for school nurses internationally to network and clarify their roles in relation to health promotion is overdue.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleSchool Nurses' Capacity and Preparation to Promote Healthy Weight Programs in Primary Schools in Taiwanen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/151544-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">School Nurses' Capacity and Preparation to Promote Healthy Weight Programs in Primary Schools in Taiwan</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">2005</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Hsieh, Pei-Lin, MSc, PhD</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Chang Gung Institute of Technology</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">hsiehpeilin@yahoo.com.tw</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">The aim of this study was to explore the extent to which school nurses in Taiwan are prepared to contribute to HWPs in schools. Survey design was chosen and a questionnaire developed The School Nurses and Healthy Weight Programs: Capacity Questionnaire was administered to 490 Taiwanese school nurses to undertake this exploration. The questionnaire was developed based on earlier work by the researcher, a comprehensive literature review, and was subjected to expert scrutiny by two panels from Australia and Taiwan. In order to ensure a rigorous process of translation the cross-cultural translation technique described by Vallerand's (1989) has been adapted in this study. Statistical data was analysed using descriptive, pairwise correlation, multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) and frequencies techniques. Content analysis was used to analyse non-statistical data. The results indicate that generally, school nurses had a good knowledge base; viewed HWPs as important; had confidence in required roles after additional training provided; considered skills as important in HWPs; perceived their professional preparation as good. However, they had few incentives and perceive significant barriers to their contribution to HWPs. The perceived barriers include: low status of school nurses; lack of support structures and processes; poor resources; lack of a teamwork in conducting HWPs; and lack of involvement in the management of the HWPs. There is a list of recommendations for improving the ability of school nurses to contribute to HWPs. They involve initiatives that centre on the school nurses as a body, health promoting teams in schools and government. Further study for cross-cultural comparisons is recommended as childhood obesity is a global problem and the potential for school nurses internationally to network and clarify their roles in relation to health promotion is overdue.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T11:05:47Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T11:05:47Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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