School-Based Youth Health Nurses: Roles, Responsibilities, Challenges, and Rewards

Barnes, Margaret, Courtney, Mary D., Pratt, Jan, & Walsh, Anne M. (2004) School-Based Youth Health Nurses: Roles, Responsibilities, Challenges, and Rewards. Public Health Nursing, 21(4), 316 -322.

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A case study and focus-group discussions were conducted with 10 youth health nurses (nurses) employed in the recently introduced School-Based Youth Health Nurse Program (SBYHNP) to identify their roles, responsibilities, and professional development needs. Major roles are support, referral, health promotion, and marketing. Clients include high school students, teachers, and parents; the majority of whom are female and aged 1316 years. Health issues addressed during individual consultations are predominantly psychosocial but also include medical, sexual health and sexuality issues, health surveillance, and risk-taking behaviors. Nurses also provide clients with health information and promote enhanced personal skill development during these consultations. Health promotion strategies undertaken by nurses were predominantly health education and health information displays. Nurses reported marketing their role and function within the school to be an essential and often difficult aspect of their role. Professional development through the SBYHNP was excellent; however, there was concern relating to the availability of future educational opportunities. The SBYHNP provides nurses with a new, challenging, autonomous role within the school environment and the opportunity to expand their role to incorporate all aspects of the health-promoting schools' framework.

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ID Code: 1227
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1111/j.0737-1209.2004.21404.x
ISSN: 0737-1209
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Community Child Health (111704)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 Blackwell Publishing
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Deposited On: 20 Oct 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:09

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