Enhancing family nursing practice in schools: School nurses’ perspectives on illness beliefs and family nursing practice skills when caring for children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder or asthma – A cross-sectional study

Erla Kolbrun Svavarsdottir*, Gudny Bergthora Tryggvadottir, Margret Gisladottir, Ragnheidur Osk Erlendsdottir

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Abstract

An increasing number of children attend schools with chronic illnesses/disorders that require managing and comprehensive healthcare from school nurses during the day. Collaboration between school nurses, the school-aged child with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or asthma, and their families is needed when coordinating/managing chronic health problems in the school setting. However, involving families in the assessment and care planning processes can be challenging. The aim of this study was to survey the illness beliefs of school nurses and their perceptions of their family nursing practice skills when offering healthcare services to children with ADHD or asthma in schools. A cross-sectional study was used for a sample of 82 school nurses. The manuscript was prepared following STROBE guidelines. Results indicated that the school nurses perceived themselves to be more confident and to have better knowledge and skill in family nursing practice when offering healthcare services to families of children with ADHD in comparison to asthma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)216-223
Number of pages8
JournalNordic Journal of Nursing Research
Volume41
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors would like to thank all the school nurses who participated in the study for their participation. The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: The study was supported by a grant from the Icelandic Nurse Association in Reykjavik, Iceland.

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Other keywords

  • children with ADHD or asthma
  • enhancing family nursing practice in schools
  • family nursing practice skills
  • school nurses

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