School nurses' view of schoochildren's health and their attitudes to document it in the school health record: a pilot study

Eva Clausson, Kerstin Petersson, Agneta Berg

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    Abstract

    This study highlights school nurses' view of schoolchildren's health and their attitude to document it in the school health records. A strategic sample of 12 school nurses was interviewed. The interviews were semistructured and analysed with qualitative content analysis. The findings showed that the school nurses' viewed schoolchildren as physical healthy although they called attention to growing problems related to a changed lifestyle. Psychosocial ill-health was however increasing and the most common reason for visiting the school nurse was psychosomatic expressions. According to the nurses' descriptions, health was related to the individual, the school and the family situation. The family situation was mentioned as one of the most important factors of schoolchildren's health. The nurses described no problem to document schoolchildren's physical health. Ethical consideration, tradition, lack of time and the structure of the record were however factors that were said to hinder the documentation of the psychosocial health. In order to promote, protect and recover schoolchildren's health, more research is needed about how beliefs, experience, ethical consideration and resources influence the school nurse's daily work with schoolchildren's health.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)392-398
    Number of pages6
    JournalScandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences
    Volume17
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2003

    Swedish Standard Keywords

    • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary (50901)
    • Nursing (30305)

    Keywords

    • family
    • interview
    • qualitative content anlyses
    • school health records
    • school nurses experience
    • school nursing
    • schoolchildren's health

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