ERIC Number: EJ1020250
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Behind Closed Doors: School Nurses and Sexual Education
Brewin, Dorothy; Koren, Ainat; Morgan, Betty; Shipley, Sara; Hardy, Rachel L.
Journal of School Nursing, v30 n1 p31-41 Feb 2014
School nurses can play a key role in providing sexual education in schools. However, they often face barriers from the school administration and concerned parents. Additionally, school nurses may have limited formal preparation in managing sexual health issues. This study used a descriptive qualitative method to explore the school nurses' experiences with facilitators and barriers to providing sexual education. Eighteen nurses from 12 Massachusetts high schools were interviewed. Results showed that the school nurses do not provide formal sexual education at their schools but frequently conduct informal sessions. School nurses reported that students needed more sexual health information, yet there was no collaboration with the school health teachers. Common barriers included lack of privacy and time, confidentiality issues, and fear of conflict. Nurses working in communities with high teen pregnancy rates reported more barriers. The findings can inform the development of policies and practices for sexual education by school nurses.
Descriptors: School Nurses, Sex Education, Role, Barriers, Qualitative Research, High Schools, Comprehensive School Health Education, Teacher Role, Attitude Measures, Semi Structured Interviews, Income, Whites, Minority Groups, Early Parenthood, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Family Planning, Individual Characteristics, Employment Experience
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts
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