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ERIC Number: EJ878149
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-1059-8405
School Nurses' Perceptions of Family-Centered Services: Commitment and Challenges
Concepcion, Michelle; Murphy, Susan; Canham, Daryl
Journal of School Nursing, v23 n6 p315-321 2007
Family-centered service is a service delivery model that recognizes the central role of families, builds on their strengths, and seeks to fully involve them in all aspects of their child's health, learning, and development. Family-centered service has been associated with positive outcomes in health and education and has been viewed as best practice. This study examined school nurses' perceptions of their work practices with families and the implementation of family-centered services in the school health setting. An established instrument, the Measure of Processes of Care for Service Providers, was used to survey a convenience sample of school nurses practicing in California. Quantitative and qualitative results indicated that school nurses value family-centered service and use the core elements regularly in their work with families. Qualitative data further illustrated school nurses' solid commitment to families even in the face of challenges such as high student-nurse ratios, lack of time, and limited support. Suggestions for overcoming these barriers include development of parent centers, employment of school social workers/case managers, and advocating for changes in legislation to support the hiring of more school nurses. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Support Staff
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California