ERIC Number: EJ906588
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
School Nurse Perspectives regarding Their Vocational Decisions
Smith, Shirley G.; Firmin, Michael W.
Journal of Ethnographic & Qualitative Research, v3 n2 p98-104 2009
This is a phenomenological, qualitative study of 25 school nurses employed in a large, urban school district in the Midwestern section of the United States. The study's participants possess histories of professional work experiences in nursing specialties other than school nursing. Thematic analysis of the data revealed three prominent factors that nurses identified as the greatest influences on their decisions to enter school nursing. These factors included a preference for pediatric nursing in a community setting, the school nurse work schedule, and the influence of nurses who were currently in the practice of school nursing. Participants transitioned from a narrow perception of the school nurse (provider of first aid) to the realization that there exist many diverse and significant facets of the specialty. As they gained experience in school nursing, the job satisfaction levels reported by nurses increased.
Descriptors: School Nurses, Urban Schools, Attitudes, Career Choice, Phenomenology, Qualitative Research, Stereotypes, Nursing, Pediatrics, Job Satisfaction, Success, Definitions, Family Work Relationship, Peer Influence, Scheduling, Work Environment
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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