ERIC Number: EJ1214531
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
School Nurse Perceptions of Student Anxiety
Muggeo, Michela A.; Ginsburg, Golda S.
Journal of School Nursing, v35 n3 p163-168 Jun 2019
Anxiety disorders are common in youth. Because somatic complaints are a hallmark feature of anxiety, these students frequently visit their school nurse, creating an ideal opportunity for nurses to identify and assist them. In an effort to better understand current practices, we surveyed a large sample (N = 93) of school nurses. Results indicated that the majority of nurses perceived anxiety as the most prevalent mental health issue in their students. Moreover, the majority of nurses reported that they did not use any formal screening tool or intervention protocol and stated wanting to expand their training in anxiety intervention. These data suggest that school nurses identify anxiety as a top problem but do not receive adequate training to address it. Data from this survey may be used to plan how best to fill gaps in nurse training and practices that can enhance nurses' capacity to optimize outcomes for anxious students.
Descriptors: School Nurses, Anxiety Disorders, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Identification, Health Services, Professional Development, Intervention, Educational Needs, Incidence, Mental Health, Mental Disorders, Knowledge Level, Elementary School Students, Middle School Students, High School Students, Screening Tests, Evaluation Methods
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; High Schools
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