Partnerships in Global Health: Nursing Assessments With School-Age Children in Belize to Promote Healthy Living

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/335038
Category:
Full-text
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Partnerships in Global Health: Nursing Assessments With School-Age Children in Belize to Promote Healthy Living
Other Titles:
Evidence-Based Practice Within the Pediatric Population
Author(s):
De Natale, Mary Lou; Trevathan, Enna E.
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Alpha Gamma
Author Details:
Mary Lou De Natale, EdD, RN, CNL, denatalem@usfca.edu; Enna E. Trevathan, DNP, MSN, MBA, RN, CNL
Abstract:
Session presented on Sunday, July 27, 2014: School age children across the world represent the future, thus their growth and development are a prime concern of all societies (World Health Organization, 2013). One way to address this need is to educate children regarding their own health and wellness, which proved to be beneficial for a community in Belize, Central America. This program provided a partnership for nurses and nursing students with children/adolescents as they learned about how to perform their own health assessments. Physical assessments and nutrition education for over 700 school-age children/adolescents were provided. Children and adolescents, as active participants in their learning and health screenings, gained an understanding and skills for individualized health awareness. The participation of teachers/class members during the health assessments promoted dialogue on culture, traditions, and everyday life. In addition, baseline measurements for each of the children/adolescents on height, weight, blood pressure/pulse, vision, and personal health concerns were learned by the children/adolescents. Reflective nursing practice helped build on the learning through: (1) understanding the individual health needs; (2) developing an awareness of the resources available in the school, family, and community; and (3) supporting leadership amongst the nurses and other health providers. The rewards for teaching about health care practices also included being present with each child/ adolescent and listening to their personal thoughts and ideas. Outreach opportunities for nurses to partner with a community to decrease potential health risks are a professional responsibility. Having a child listen to his/ her own heart and learn to take his/her pulse is forever a teachable moment giving support for learning, sharing, and practicing health promotion globally. Based on the assessment results, some of the children were identified as undernourished with the potential of micronutrient deficiencies such as: iron, vitamin A, iodine, and zinc. The health data provided to the Ministry of Health supported the strengthening of a nutritional dietary program for seventy-five additional children in the school. Early identification of at-risk students can provide needed school feeding programs for this vulnerable population. In addition, educational awareness was provided for the school principal, teachers, and staff with the tools to promote and sustain the implementation of healthy lifestyle programs in primary schools.
Keywords:
child health; global health
Repository Posting Date:
17-Nov-2014
Date of Publication:
17-Nov-2014 ; 17-Nov-2014
Other Identifiers:
INRC14J13
Conference Date:
2014
Conference Name:
25th International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Hong Kong
Description:
International Nursing Research Congress, 2014 Theme: Engaging Colleagues: Improving Global Health Outcomes. Held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wanchai, Hong Kong

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dc.titlePartnerships in Global Health: Nursing Assessments With School-Age Children in Belize to Promote Healthy Livingen
dc.title.alternativeEvidence-Based Practice Within the Pediatric Populationen
dc.contributor.authorDe Natale, Mary Louen
dc.contributor.authorTrevathan, Enna E.en
dc.contributor.departmentAlpha Gammaen
dc.author.detailsMary Lou De Natale, EdD, RN, CNL, denatalem@usfca.edu; Enna E. Trevathan, DNP, MSN, MBA, RN, CNLen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/335038-
dc.description.abstractSession presented on Sunday, July 27, 2014: School age children across the world represent the future, thus their growth and development are a prime concern of all societies (World Health Organization, 2013). One way to address this need is to educate children regarding their own health and wellness, which proved to be beneficial for a community in Belize, Central America. This program provided a partnership for nurses and nursing students with children/adolescents as they learned about how to perform their own health assessments. Physical assessments and nutrition education for over 700 school-age children/adolescents were provided. Children and adolescents, as active participants in their learning and health screenings, gained an understanding and skills for individualized health awareness. The participation of teachers/class members during the health assessments promoted dialogue on culture, traditions, and everyday life. In addition, baseline measurements for each of the children/adolescents on height, weight, blood pressure/pulse, vision, and personal health concerns were learned by the children/adolescents. Reflective nursing practice helped build on the learning through: (1) understanding the individual health needs; (2) developing an awareness of the resources available in the school, family, and community; and (3) supporting leadership amongst the nurses and other health providers. The rewards for teaching about health care practices also included being present with each child/ adolescent and listening to their personal thoughts and ideas. Outreach opportunities for nurses to partner with a community to decrease potential health risks are a professional responsibility. Having a child listen to his/ her own heart and learn to take his/her pulse is forever a teachable moment giving support for learning, sharing, and practicing health promotion globally. Based on the assessment results, some of the children were identified as undernourished with the potential of micronutrient deficiencies such as: iron, vitamin A, iodine, and zinc. The health data provided to the Ministry of Health supported the strengthening of a nutritional dietary program for seventy-five additional children in the school. Early identification of at-risk students can provide needed school feeding programs for this vulnerable population. In addition, educational awareness was provided for the school principal, teachers, and staff with the tools to promote and sustain the implementation of healthy lifestyle programs in primary schools.en
dc.subjectchild healthen
dc.subjectglobal healthen
dc.date.available2014-11-17T13:42:37Z-
dc.date.issued2014-11-17-
dc.date.issued2014-11-17en
dc.date.accessioned2014-11-17T13:42:37Z-
dc.conference.date2014en
dc.conference.name25th International Nursing Research Congressen
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen
dc.conference.locationHong Kongen
dc.descriptionInternational Nursing Research Congress, 2014 Theme: Engaging Colleagues: Improving Global Health Outcomes. Held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wanchai, Hong Kongen
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