ERIC Number: ED450334
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Apr-18
Frequent Visitors to the School Nurse: The School Psychologist's Role.
Sweeney, James F.; Sweeney, Dorothy D.
School psychologists are increasingly expected to become more involved in health related issues. It has been suggested that the frequent visitor to the school nurse (FVSN) is often the student with a high need for security, nurturance, and attachment to an adult at school. This paper focuses on children and adolescents who do not have a chronic physical illness, yet regularly visit the school nurse. It includes a literature review, case research, and relevant concerns. The research indicated little gender differences at the elementary and middle school level among those who are the FVSN, but with age, females made up a greater percentage of visits to the health office. Significant increases were noted in academic problems among frequent users and higher socioeconomic status resulted in higher frequency use. In a case review, a school psychologist reported on the FVSN phenomenon at middle schools. There, visits to the nurse were associated with difficulties with many areas including academics; peer relations; teachers; and home issues. School psychologists can be instrumental in instructing teachers about the potential stress of tests, grades, and peer relationships on students, all reasons why students may make frequent trips to the school nurse. (Contains 38 references.) (JDM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Association of School Psychologists (Washington, DC, April 17-21, 2001).