Psychology Faculty Publications

Title

School Nurse Perspectives of Challenges and How They Understand Success in Their Professional Nursing Roles

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-2009

Journal Title

The Journal of School Nursing

Volume

25

Issue

2

First Page

152

Last Page

162

Abstract

This is a phenomenological study of 25 school nurses employed in a large, urban school district in the midwestern section of the United States. In addition to school nursing, the participants also had professional work experience in other nursing specialties. Thematic analysis of the data focused on the challenges faced by the school nurses, their views of school nursing success, and elements of job satisfaction. Overall, the school nurses reported the positive aspects of school nursing outweigh the negative aspects of their jobs. Developmental changes were reported among the school nurses in this study as they reflected on how they perceived their nursing career over time and during different seasons of their lives.

Keywords

School nurses, job satisfaction, role challenges, nursing education

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