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ERIC Number: EJ885187
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-1059-8405
The Health of Children in Foster Care
Schneiderman, Janet U.
Journal of School Nursing, v20 n6 p343-351 2004
This qualitative study of school nurses describes what the nurses want to do for school children in foster care, what they are actually doing, and how the school organization affects the provision of care. The study looked at the nurses' practice through the lens of the Social Ecological Model of Health, identified interventions using the Minnesota Public Health Intervention Model, and analyzed the school organization using the Bolman-Deal Model (Bolman & Deal, 1997). A purposive sample of nurses was chosen to participate in interviews, and observations of their work and a survey on the frequency of their interventions was implemented. Interviews were analyzed using a phenomenological approach. Four themes derived from the data included structural barriers to client access, nonrecognition of the broad determinants of health, isolationism, and lack of political power. School nurses are aware of foster children's increased health care needs, yet increased services are not provided as a result of a lack of organizational support. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California