Adopting Innovative Approaches to Care: Facilitators & Barriers of School Nursing Practice in an Urban School District
AdvisorJordan, Will J.
Committee memberCucchiara, Maia Bloomfield
Hindman, Annemarie H.
Ruggieri, Dominique G.
School Nursing Practice
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AbstractAs new approaches to practice become available for school nurses, urban school districts must address the need to provide facilitators for the dissemination and adoption of new evidenced based practice models. With instructional capacity, curriculum challenges, and school climate at the center of the decision making of educational leaders, the needs of school health become neglected. As new innovations become available, school nurses working in urban school districts often rely on individual continuing education to access new ideas due to barriers that exist in urban schools with limited funding and resources. This dissertation research had two primary aims: (1) expand current research regarding specific barriers and facilitators to practice, and (2) to better understand the school nurses’ adoption of the Framework for the 21st Century School Practicing Nurse in an urban school district. This framework addresses the specific needs of the school nurse working in an evolving educational health setting. Using a descriptive and inferential quantitative design with a convenience sample of school nurses in the School District of Philadelphia (SDP), participants completed an online survey designed to examine awareness, agreement, and alignment with the framework, as well as barriers and facilitators of adoption. The results revealed differences in level of awareness of the framework across various demographic groups within the SDP. After presenting the framework to participants, school nurses agreed with the importance of fully aligning practice. Further, there were variations in level of importance regarding specific practice components of the framework. Participants identified facilitators and barriers that impacted their ability to fully align school nursing practice with the framework.
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