The role of the school nurse in addressing the perceived health needs of students: An investigation through focus groups and questionnaires
AuthorsJones, Julie H.
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AbstractThis study used focus groups and a questionnaire to determine the perceived health needs of a population of secondary school pupils and therefore provide a focus for the role of the school nurse. The participants for two focus groups were drawn from separate school years and the data used to inform the design of, and results from, a questionnaire. The questionnaire was self-completed by a cross sectional cluster sample of 247 students. Results from the questionnaire were analysed using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS). This study found that the main health concerns centred on mental health issues, risk taking behaviours, especially drunkenness, and support with medical conditions. Most students indicated a significant role for the school nurse in addressing their health needs and principally requested individual support closely followed by the provision of information within a class setting. Some gender differences were highlighted. The results provided a clear focus for a needs-led re-design of the provision of school nursing services to the students within the school and defined a distinct role for the school nurse.
PublisherUniversity of Chester
TypeThesis or dissertation
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